The eccentric Warhol hung out at the Factory with equally strange friends and acquaintances. Performance artist Dorothy Podber asked if she could "shoot" the five Marilyn paintings that he had just completed. Thinking she meant to take photographs of them, Warhol acquiesced but instead, she took out a gun and shot holes through each Marilyn's forehead. These paintings are now known as the "Shot Marilyns". Warhol himself was shot and seriously injured in 1968 by a disgruntled female associate, feminist writer Valerie Solanis.
Taken together, the two Andy Warhol exhibitions at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Revolver Gallery present an extensive picture of the man, his life, his works and his artistic influences and motivations. But given how prolific and creative Warhol was, it somehow feels like we have only scratched the surface.