|Delaware Gap, Franz Kline|
This weekend is the last weekend to catch an interesting show at the Hirshhorn. On display at the show titled "Shadows," are a series of silkscreened canvases Warhol made at age 50, in 1978, from pictures he took of shadows in his studio. The 102 canvases wrap around the gallery mesmerizingly, and many of the bright colors Warhol used in previous, more famous pictures, are used here. There are violet, aquamarine, bright pink, orange and other vibrant colors. Warhol played with negative and positive space in this work in a really compelling way.
According to the catalog the canvases "mock the bravura brushwork of the Abstact Expressionists." And they did remind me of a painting called "Delaware Gap" by Franz Kline (which I really like, bravura brushwork and all). They also "contradict the banality of their subject matter...with their monumental scale." I'll buy that. And I am working on blowing up a picture I took this afternoon of the cat's water bowl, which I'm sure will elevate it to a fascinating work of art and perhaps pay for my children's college. Except I guess I might have been beaten to the punch. All this said, the pictures were also really pretty!
|Shadows, Andy Warhol|