At Chiostro Del Bramante in Rome this weekend there is an exhibition entitled Love. The artistic line up looked like a “Who’s who” of modern artists. It being the week of the 14th February the world is going mad on mushy lovey stuff for St Valentine’s Day.
The exhibition was, however, far from being mushy with a couple of exceptions like the pink carpet in one room. It opened with the work of the American pop artist Tom Wesslemann. He was born in 1931 and died at the age of 73. But his work was as fresh as if it had being painted/constructed yesterday. These are two different constructions entitled “smoker”. I loved his work
The next work I was impressed with was that of Marc Quinn. Given that he was in college with Damien Hurst and Tracy Emin he seems to have produced quite conventional work…. This is a detail of one of his exhibits, which I liked. I perhaps should add the whole sculpture as the people involved in the Kiss are handicapped in body.
There was two huge canvases by the two Georges which I found vaguely interesting especially when I looked closely. They are packed with detail. The detail below is from the second canvas.
I loved Tracy Emin’s neons. Today these are commonplace. My neighbour here in France does this type of work. But they were original when she did them. They are hard to capture on photograph.
Andy Warhol was represented with one Marlyn image in a light box which was interesting.
There were many artists whose work I have not included in this review, mostly because I did not like or sometimes understand them.
But one whose work was mind altering was that of Yayoi Kusama It was a box of mirrors lit with yellow lanterns. Everywhere you looked your image and those of the lanterns were multiplied. It was fascinating.