Sunday, April 03, 2005

Andy Warhol's Time Capsules/Grotesque: The Diabolical and Fantastic in Art

One of my most favourite locations in Melbourne is the National Gallery of Victoria. It is situated in St. Kilda Road, one of the more popular spots/roads in Melbourne.

Last Saturday, April 2, Arnie and I went to see the exhibit "Andy Warhol's Time Capsules", and "Grotesque: The Diabolical and Fantastic in Art."

As much as I have wanted to take photos at the said exhibits, avid art fans know that there is no way in the world will any gallery allow the public to take photos of the works being displayed. Damn! I would have loved to share a lot of the things that I saw in the exhibits with you guys, but... tough luck!

Andy Warhol was a horder... he kept everything! There was this quote he said... something along the lines of instead of throwing things that were given to him and risking being rude, he just said thank you and placed it in the box of the month. That was the whole concept of the time capsule. He had a box for the month and kept everything in it. Newspapers, mail, stamps, clothing... everything!!! I know for a fact that if I even thought of doing anything like that, my mum would kill me!

He started doing this when he moved to an apartment in New York. Imagine the lack of space after a few years! Jeez, I forgot! This is Andy Warhol we're talking about! He had the Factory, his underground film company. The exhibit played a few of his films... "Sleep," "Kiss," "The Empire State Building," "Four of Andy Warhol's Beautiful Women," "Photographers and Models," etc... As if I expect the Gallery to play "Heat" or "Flesh." Hahahahaha...

Francisco Goya y LucientesSpanish 1746–1828Hobgoblins (Duendecitos)plate 49 from Los Caprichos (The Caprices), 1st edition 1799etching and burnished aquatint printed in sepia ink18.8 x 13.2 cm (image), 21.5 x 15.1 cm (plate), 24.6 x 17.7 cm (sheet)Harris 84.III.1

The image above is just an example of what Arnie and I saw in the Grotesque exhibit. Francisco Goya happens to be one of my most favourite artists. He captured the images of fantastical creatures amazingly. Most of his works were influenced by Spanish folklore, superstition, and legend. Other artists featured in the exhibit are Albrecht Dürer, William Blake ( I only thought he was a poet! He actually painted his own interpretations of John Milton's Paradise Lost), Pablo Picasso (that's right!), and Eugène Delacroix ( a good mate of Charles Baudelaire and illustrated the best interpretations of Goethe's Faust).


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