Sunday, August 13, 2006

Andy Warhol Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964

We visited the Art Gallery of Ontario this afternoon to see the Andy Warhol exhibition, Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-64. This show was picked from a small chunk of Warhol's output. It is a strong and tough show, no doubt about it - not the feel-good exhibition of the year though - the car crash and suicide images were very powerful. The show was smaller than we expected. Given the size of the exhibition, 18 canadianos each seemed over-the-top.

Weird though were the audio devices we were compelled to carry around with us. I asked if I had to carry one and was told that yes, it was necessary for me to have one, but I wouldn't be compelled to use it, although the docent highly recommended I do. It seems the gallery was very strong on this because there were few so-called didactics on the wall. When we entered the first gallery, there were about 30 people in there with these audio devices to their ears. It looked like everyone was more interested in contacting the mother-ship than in looking at the art. I don't like audio devices at art galleries. I don't like having someone tell me how I should be experiencing an art show. I can work that out for myself, thank you.

1 comment:

Candy Minx said...

I am glad you were able to make it out to the show.

that is far too expensive a cost though, isn't it? how can a family of four afford that.

again, the museums do NOT want the public to see art. it must be kept to the elite few only. Ah well the public thinks artists are the laughing stick of the universe and museums are even worse to the regular folks.

Like I say on my blog, more or less, we must fuck the galleries and museums, and the artists must get real and take back art making and art shows and art distribution/sales. We must start making art faster and at a better cost for people. but you can read my blabberings over there, sorry!

I loved this show though. I did not listen to the recordings by David Cronenberg while I looked at the art. I stood to the side for a minute and listened to what he had to say, thought he was doing a good job, and tuned it off. I beleive there is a dvd of his commentary, which I would like to hear some day. I thought the brochure with the show was excellent, with Rob Bowman's short and sweet essay on Flaming Star.