Back in the 1960s and early ‘70s, Pop Art was the style of the age, along with psychedelia of course.
I recall reading a biography of Edie Sedgewick, one of Andy Warhol’s stars, and also remember going to see the Ciao, Manhattan movie that starred the aforementioned Edie.
So I was interested in seeing the current summer exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria featuring the art of Andy Warhol and chinese artist Ai Weiwei whose art is strongly influenced by Warhol.
It was a natural fit of the two artists, as I noticed wandering around the exhibition. Sometimes it was hard to tell which particular artwork was the work of which artist.
When you walk into the Gallery the first thing that meets your eyes is Ai Weiwei’s huge installation entitled Forever Bicycles, an astonishing interlocking of stainless steel bicycles.
Close by, in front of the Gallery water feature, another of Ai Weiwei’s installations was a glowing chandelier entitled Chandelier with Restored Han Dynasty Lamps for the Emperor.
These wondrous pieces of art take your breath away before you enter the exhibition, which was something else altogether.
Photography was permitted, so as I wandered through the extensive exhibition I was able to take snaps of works that took my fancy.
Andy Warhol’s most recognisable works were in abundance…
As for Ai Weiwei with whom I am not in least familiar, there were many examples of his avant garde art, including sculpture, photographs, film and paintings…
…and another installation with bizzarely shaped balloons.
The exhibition was massive, detailed, complex ,very interesting and in three parts, that’s if you count the Children’s Section – Studio Cats.
Of course I had to go and have a look at the studio cats. Both Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei are cat lovers.
You could have spent a whole day viewing the entire exhibition in detail, as there is a lot to see and take in, but I settled for a couple of hours.
As usual I purchased some postcards as mementoes, in a box of 20 cards; good value for $20.00.
The National Gallery winter exhibition will feature French artist Degas. I’ll definitely be going to see that.