He's been dead since 1987 but it seems the American artist Andy Warhol just keeps getting more and more famous. Now the National Galleries of Scotland are staging a major exhibition of his work to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the man who made his name painting pictures of soup cans, soap packets and celebrities.
Andy Warhol, which begins tomorrow at the National Gallery Complex in the centre of Edinburgh and runs until October 7, will show the most comprehensive range of the artist's work ever seen in Scotland. It includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, collage, film, photography and installations dating from the early 1950s to the year before his death at the age of 59.
Although Warhol was well known for producing a series of X-certificate films, the simple imagery in his paintings and prints appeals to children as well as adults. In 1983, a Warhol exhibition entitled Paintings for Children, with pictures hung at child's eye-level, was staged in Zurich. There will be a recreation of that exhibition at the Edinburgh show, and the education centre has been decorated to mimic the tin-foil interior of the New York City studio that Andy Warhol called The Factory.
Throughout August and on Sun-days in September, The Factory will be open to the public, so that visitors of all ages can try out some of Warhol's techniques and ideas.
Guided tours of the exhibition are free for schools that book but there is a charge for workshops. A free private view of the exhibition is being held for teachers on August 27 from 6-7.45pm.
Further information: Marie-Louise Smoor T 0131 624 6547; To book T 0131 624 6410 www.nationalgalleries.org