The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will display “Marisol: A Retrospective” from March 2-June 2, 2024 in the Levis Gallery. Explore the life and work of an underrecognized yet influential Pop art icon in “Marisol: A Retrospective.” The exhibition presents the most comprehensive digest of the artist’s career to date with more than 200 objects that invite visitors to consider her inspiration, influence and impact. The landmark exhibition pairs her recognizable self-portraits and sculptures with her lesser-known works to present her evolving ideas and the important cultural issues of her time that were often woven into her art.

About the exhibition:
Sketches, self-portraits, source materials, studies and personal photographs will acquaint visitors with one of the most popular yet enigmatic artists of the 1960s. Marisol drew inspiration
from the robust, experimental arts movement thriving in postwar New York as well as the larger cultural changes in the Honoring The Legacy of Marisol world around her. Her works share personal experiences and offer  commentary on the issues of that day.

Underwater films, photographs and works from her public art practice will introduce visitors to aspects of her career that are often overlooked.

About the artist:
Marisol (born María Sol Escobar, 1930, Paris) achieved renowned acclaim in the 1960s when thousands would line up to see her often life-size artworks.

The Venezuelan American artist spent her childhood in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. She studied at the Otis Art Institute and Jepson Art Institute and attended the Académie Julian and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before settling in New York in the 1950s and studying with Hans Hoffman. In 1966, Marisol presented her first show at New York’s Sidney Janis Gallery. Crowds amassed daily to see her work, which also appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Appearances in two Andy Warhol films, other gallery exhibitions and party invitations followed before the artist stepped out of the spotlight to travel and live abroad. When she retreated from the art world and shifted her artistic focus in the late 1960s and 1970s, her fame waned despite continuing to practice.
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