Wednesday, 30 September 2009

'POP LIFE' AT TATE MODERN: LESS POP, MORE FIZZ. LIFE IT AIN'T REAL FUNKY UNLESS ITS GOT THAT POP


Jeff Koons staring at his reflection in Rob Pruitt and Jack Early's reinstallation of their 1992 exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in NY 'Red, Black, Green, Red, White and Blue' which at the time was considered racist and 'ended' Pruitt and Early's early career.



Warhol's wallpaper and silkscreen portraits of David Hockney and Grace Jones


Andy Warhol appearing in an episode of Love Boat


Jeff Koons testicles


Andrea Fraser having sex with a collector


Richard Prince's photo of Brooke Shields, in substitution of Prince's rephotographed and censored photo of Brooke Shields naked when she was a child


Meyer Vaisman's 'In the Vicinity of History', 1988, from Dakis Joannou collection, in the International with Monument/Neo-Geo room


recreation of Keith Haring's 1986 'Pop Shop'


Macho City/Fantastic Man's Charlie Porter djing at the bar

unfortunately (or fortunately!) not in the exhibition:

Matthieu Laurette's 'Andy Warhol's Death Certificate', silkscreen on canvas, 2007


Matthieu Laurette, Tate Away Art: 'David Hockney / Eduardo Paolozzi / Bridget Riley / Andy Warhol Ready to Hang (from the Ideological Shopping series)', 2006, courtesy Berezdivin collection


Matthieu Laurette, 'ART=CAPITAL=SPECTACLE', 2006

The great absence in the exhibition is Matthieu Laurette. If someone has been dealing with the relationship between art, market, celebrity and spectacle in a critical way during this decade it is Laurette, curiously he's not included in the exhibition or in the Tate collection (or Pinault's one!). Maybe this is due to the fact that he's not the boyfriend of one of the curators of the exhibition...

From Tate's Press Release:
"The exhibition is organized by Tate Modern and is co-curated by Jack Bankowsky, Artforum’s Editor at Large, Alison M. Gingeras, Chief Curator of the François Pinault Collection and Catherine Wood, Tate Modern Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance, assisted by Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, International Modern Art, Tate Modern."

Press Release forgot to inform us that Mrs. Gingeras is also girlfriend of artist Piotr Uklanski, also included in the exhibition.

http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/poplife/

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