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Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Self-Portrait, Andy Warhol, 1967

Yesterday, I attended a preview of the upcoming Andy Warhol retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan; Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It is the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s first solo exhibition. I went a bit late in the day, parked my car (the gods of street parking were generous and found me a spot close to the museum on 5th avenue), and headed for the museum entrance. Since this was the first day of a five day preview for members, I was concerned that the crowds would make it difficult to enjoy the collection. I was nicely surprised as the crowds must have come earlier in the day.

Although there were others with me in the Tisch Galleries on the 2nd floor, there was plenty of elbow room and I moved with ease through the five sections and snapped a few photos to share with you. The exhibition showcased 50 works by Warhol and 100 from about 60 other artists and presented what was, as per the invitation: “prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his ground breaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.” The selections were far-ranging and engaging. Maybe too far-ranging for some critics. There were large and small pieces, video selections and wallpapered environments, and I spent the next two hours absorbed in a fantastic, somewhat chaotic Warholian world.

Pop art is for everyone.” Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Green Coca-Cola Bottles, and Big Campbell’s Soup-can 19c, Andy Warhol, 1962

Until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol was the reigning king of Pop Art culture and a huge iconic influence on the innovative approach to creative uses of multimedia in the art world. The exhibition is divided into five sections to highlight what guest curator, Mark Rosenthal, and his team categorized as representing the broad phenomenon of the “Warhol effect.” The five thematic sections are: “Daily News: From Banality to Disaster,” “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power,” “Queer Studies: Shifting Identities,” “Consuming Images: Appropriation, Abstraction, and Seriality,” and “No Boundaries: Business, Collaboration, and Spectacle.” Many of Warhol’s significant/signature works are included and innovative, even humorous pieces by other artists add a wonderful, eclectic depth to the show; highlighting his influence on many contemporary artists as well as his enduring legacy.

Andy Warhol Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: The Artist Who Created ‘Pop Art’

In the photos included in this post, I’ve separated them into the groupings created by the curators. The titles are pretty self explanatory; however, I’ve added some valuable information (in italics) from the The Met Museum’s page on the exhibition. The exhibition will open to the general public on Tuesday, September 18 through December 31, 2012. Museum hours are: Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information visit: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. I loved the exhibit perhaps because I didn’t go with preconceived ideas of what it should or should not include… As Warhol once said, “Art is anything you can get away with.” I’ll encourage everyone to go see it. Enjoy the show!

“I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that was the essence of nothing, and the soup can was it.” Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Ambulance Disaster, Andy Warhol, 1963-64

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Icebox, Andy Warhol, 1961, Plastik Wannen, Sigmar Polke, 1964, and Brillo Soap Pad Boxes, Andy Warhol, 1964

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Ushering in Banality, Jeff Koons,1988

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Helmsboro Country, Hans Haacke, 1990

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Eight over Eight, Damien Hirst, 1997-98

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Hanging Man Sleeping Man, Robert Gober, 1989

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Hochsitz mit Gansen, (Watchtower with geese), Sigmar Polke, 1987-88

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Untitled Head, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1981

Daily News: From Banality to Disaster:explores Warhol’s engagement with the imagery of everyday life, his interest in items of consumerist American culture in the 1960s, and his keen attention to advertising, tabloids, and magazines. Also includes works by artists “who share Warhol’s fascination with disaster or death.” Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ai Wei Wei, Sigmar Polke, Hans Haacke, Tom Sachs, Robert Gober, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.” Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Turquoise Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1964

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Nine Jackies, Andy Warhol, 1964

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Jeff Koons, 1988, and Liza Minnelli (background), Francesco Vezzoli, 1999

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met…Barbara Walters, Julian Schnabel, 1990

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Malcolm X, (Small version 1) #1, Glenn Ligon, 2001

Andy Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Opens At The Met… Philip Glass, Chuck Close, 1969

Portraiture: Celebrity and Power:looks at Warhol’s engagement with portraiture to illuminate contemporary artists’ continuing interest in the issues of fame or infamy in the age of the tabloid.Via The Met. Some Relevant Artists in this section: Elizabeth Peyton, Karen Kilimnik, Cindy Sherman, Francesco Vezzoli, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julian Schnabel, Maurizio Cattelan, Alex Katz and Chuck Close.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

“The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.” Lewis Mumford

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Os Gemeos mural in Boston

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The need for attention on Wall Street, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… That distinct shade of yellow; Taxicabs on 5th Avenue in from of the The Met Museum in NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The street vendor in NY

“An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it.” Wikipedia
I don’t live in an urban area anymore… I visit NYC frequently but I live in the suburbs, and the pace of life, the landscape and design/use of space differ greatly from that of the City. When I think Urban, I think crowds=human density, tall buildings, huge murals/art, food/merchandise carts, public transportation, and the accompanying noise that gives every major city a special quality.

“URBANITY, n. The kind of civility that urban observers ascribe to dwellers in all cities but New York. Its commonest expression is heard in the words, “I beg your pardon,” and it is not consistent with disregard of the rights of others. Ambrose Bierce

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… housing density with homelessness

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Frank Gehry meets NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… A slice of urban life

Major cities have their share of homelessness juxtaposed against the backdrop of huge and magnificent buildings; many of them residential complexes… The irony of it never fails to amaze me. How do we justify homelessness in the land of plenty? The answers are both simple and complicated…

“The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.” Marshall McLuhan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Transportation; public and personal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… MTA Buses

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Grand Central Station

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The Subway Station…

Access to all forms of transportation is imperative in a huge city and NY has many to choose from… I love Grand Central for outer borough travel. The Subway is fast and somewhat dirty- think big rats, and the buses are generally slow… However, it all works.

“They have no home town, urban life is standardized and they come from a place called Generica” John Perry Barlow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… It’s about the people… Occupy Trinity Church/Wall St folk still around

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Some of my students acting  like typical Nu Yawkers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Occupy folk

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… Mike … another organizer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban… The cops are people too.

The people are the salt of the earth and make a huge difference in the lifestyle and culture of any city. New York has the full range of fascinating people; including all nationalities and faiths. While the above isn’t fully inclusive of all the faces of NYC, it shows a portion of the range… More Later. I’ll be by to visit you too! More below!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge…

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Norman Maclean

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora with the river and more…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora flames, a river and a NY sunset…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Nature meets nurture…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… nature and a river running through it.

As serendipity would have it, I was playing around, creating merged images with pixlr express early this week and found it quite easy to use. I wanted to place similarly colored flowers in groupings of three in a post, and the collage feature helped tremendously. So you can imagine how happy I was about our photo challenge for this week – Merge! If you’re an amateur photographer like me, this is a fun one to use with your pictures. I shared this on the Daily Post page so use it to create merged images. If you have other free and user-friendly suggestions, do share.

“Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God‘s will.” Frederick William Robertson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Country living on canvas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Entryways inked in grunge…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Yellow Power…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Yellow flower power.

When we take a moment to step away from our comfortable way of doing things and try something new, the familiar becomes a canvas on which we can create new worlds. I got to experiment with textures and colors and more. Hope you like my merged and blended photos… It was fun playing around  and I’m looking forwrad to visiting other participants of the challenge.too.

“We shall find in our troubled hearts, where discord reigns, two needs which seem at variance, but which merge, as I think, in a common source – the love of the true, and the love of the fabulous. ” Alfred de Vigny

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… All things NYC merged…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… NY is hot…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Happy Birthday wishes…. and stardust sprinkled on top.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Food glorious food…

One thing I love about NYC is how versatile and culturally mixed it is. As you move from one neighborhood to the next, it is easy to forget that this is not the norm everywhere. Sure there is variety in many cities in the US, but we experience the full range of it here. Recently, I celebrated a birthday and my kids took me to a Japanese restaurant for the occasion. The maître d’ and staff brought me a tray with an orchid, a glass of delicious pudding and a happy birthday chocolate added to top it off. I was touched and grateful.  Here’s hoping your birthdays and weekends are joyful. More below!

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