Sunday, January 1, 2012

Andy Warhol: Shadows

Where: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

When: through January 15, 2012

This is an interesting exhibit - it's one work of art by Andy Warhol.  It consists of 102 panels displayed one next to the other and it takes up almost the entire second floor of the Hirshhorn.  The rounded space is ideal for this show.

This is the first time the entire work has been displayed; I can understand why, it's enormous.  Surprisingly enough, it doesn't take that long to walk through it, as the panels are repetitive.  Warhol painted the screens (apparently applying the paint with a mop) in a variety of different colors.  Then, he silkscreened one of two shadow patterns from his studio on each panel.  I won't say that when you've seen one panel, you've seen them all, but it's close.  I do wonder how they decided to order the panels - how do you know which one is first? Which one comes next?

Warhol was asked by someone if this was art, and he responded, "No.  Disco music was playing at the opening party, so this is disco decor."  Far be it from me to disagree.

Verdict: Provided you have a strong stomach for repetition, go see this piece.  It probably won't be on display in its entirely again, and it won't take that long to stroll through.

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