It also features lesser-known works such as "Ladies and Gentlemen," a series of 1970s paintings of New York drag queens and transgender performers. Also on display are three of Warhol’s famous silver wigs. He had a collection of more than 100 hairpieces by the time he died in 1987, aged 58, after gallbladder surgery.
Tate Modern said Tuesday that the exhibition aims to show a more human side of Warhol, a tireless self-promoter who became one of the 20th century’s best-known artists. It said the show highlights Warhol’s private beliefs and background as a "shy, gay man from a religious, migrant, low-income household."
“He is one of the most recognizable names in the late 20th century but, in today's climate, it feels important to take a more human and more personal look at somebody who is a very familiar artist,” Tate Modern director Frances Morris said.
The exhibition opens Thursday and runs to Sept. 6.