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Pop Life: Art in a Material World

October 4, 2009

Pop Life: Art in a Material World

Tate Modern, London

takashi murakami pop life tate modern

Installation view of Takashi Murakami’s work at Pop Life, Tate Modern, featuring wall print Giant Magical Princess! She is Walking Down The Streets Of Akihabara! 2009. Photograph courtesy the artist/Kaikai Kiki Co Ltd/Tate

Pop Life is the most cunning show imaginable. I am tempted to call it artful. On the one hand it concerns itself with fame, fortune and the links between them from Warhol to Hirst, centring on artists who have used the mass media to create their own brand and persona. On the other, it is destined to be a surefire winner for Tate Modern, not to mention all the many collectors, artists and dealers involved, spinning money-minded art smoothly back into money under cover of historical scholarship.

Pop Life deserves to be a hit, though, because it tries so hard to get the genie back into the bottle – to distil, as far as possible, a whole chapter of modern times in which a particular kind of art turned itself into pure commodity.

So this is Andy Warhol offering two portraits for the price of one; and selling his own face to Vidal Sassoon for ads and his reputation to Drexel Burnham Lambert. It is Jeff Koons turning his most famous steel sculpture – of a balloon – back into real balloon, 50ft high and leasing it for PR purposes to Macy’s.

Read more at The Guardian:

Kings of bling

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 16, 2009 6:07 pm

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

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