Andy Warhol’s unseen portraits of drag queens and trans women are to be shown soon

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London’s Tate Modern is going to display the unseen arts of Andy Warhol which are devoted to the queer community. The sweeping retrospective – the largest in the UK – will show a personal side to the Pop art master, exploring his work through the lenses of sexuality, religion and death. Curators behind one of the city’s leading galleries scored a coup, they revealed in the press release that there will be 25 previously unknown arts, the majority of which are representing queer women of color. Originally commissioned in 1974 by art dealer Luciano Anselmino, the paintings formed Warhol’s ‘Ladies and Gentleman’ series. The commission followed the death of trans actor Candy Darling, one of the artist’s main muses. Warhol and his friend Bob Colacello in 1974 opened the doors of the Gilded Grape just off Times Square in New York City to find new sitters for the commission. The club on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 45th Street was a hub for the city’s trans black and Latinx communities.

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