I went back to the JSMA last night for a second view of the Andy Warhol/Gus Van Sant show. This time I was accompanied by my friend Karol. As we walked up to the museum there were several thousand small flags on the lawn
We went into the JSMA this time to hear the curator's talk about the show. Turns out the guy I had thought was Gus' lover was in actuality one of the curators. You can see them both, one standing by the 140 polaroids taken by Gus VS, the other up front talking about the show.
In the show, at least for Andy's side of it, the curators arranged the silkscreens by the polaroids that informed them. For me, as a artist, I found adding the depth of an artist's process into the show made it better than most shows. I enjoy seeing how an artist gets from idea to finished piece the way a carpenter might like to know another's experience with certain types of wood.
The first series of photos are all Mick Jagger. There are three of them...
Following is the silkscreen that came from the 3 polaroids above..
The next silkscreen is of just a torso, duplicated with red lines accentuating the gestures. We know more about the pose or the way the artist feels about a male chest than we do about the identity of the subject...
Lastly I would like to mention the show in Portland, at the PDX Contemporary Art on Flanders street. It is of Gus Van Sant's 'cutups' and goes through May 29th. As always your comments are greatly appreciated.... Yona c. Riel
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