A significant Andy Warhol retrospective exhibition will be staged in Walsall and Wolverhampton in 2009. It comes as a result of Anthony d’Offay giving his £125m collection of 725 art works to the nation.

“Andy Warhol: posters and paintings” will be at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (28th Mar to 21st Sept 09), fitting in nicely with their final major survey show of pop art: “Supermarket Pop: Art & Consumerism” (until 28th Feb 09). And “Andy Warhol: drawings” will be at the New Art Gallery at Walsall (15th May to 5th July 09).

Andy Warhol. “Self Portrait”. MOMA New York.

Sadly the photography shows resulting from Anthony d’Offay’s gift are scattered to the winds, from a West Midlands perspective. An excellent collection of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs is safely tucked away from the tabloid press and the new ‘extreme images’ law, in the wilds of Inverness. Cardiff gets Diane Arbus. And Edinburgh gets Francesca Woodman, although only as part of a group show.