Thursday, November 08, 2012

Warhol at the Met

Not always easy to keep up with art stuff when the new work year is getting launched... But I did manage to visit the Warhol exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art recently while on a lunch break from an all day professional development thing.

Regarding Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It is the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s first solo exhibition, you see.

Here's what the Met will tell you: For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but no exhibition has yet explored the full nature or extent of that influence. Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol's paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.

Here's what I say: Nah.

I like my Warhol presented in funky Warhol settings... The Pittsburgh Andy Warhol Museum is perfect...

As for the bit about all the artists all affected by him and everything... Yeah, ok... (That's Julian Schnabel's Barbara Walters portrait pictured, BTW)

I'm unimpressed that he wasn't equally impressed by them and adapted their works for himself... "Borrowing" as it were...

Still, it's all Pop-ish and colorful and glam and fun...

It just doesn't belong in the Met in their stilted exhibition framework...

That was never the point of Warhol...

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