to popism shows off best of best alongside Australian
- 21st October
Gallery of NSW
good as it gets": Pop to Popism curator Wayne
Tunnicliffe Photo: Brett Hemmings
For Wayne Tunnicliffe Monday at the Art Gallery of
NSW was "like a curator's Christmas".
gallery's head curator of Australian art has spent
the past 2½ years working on the gallery's
upcoming blockbuster Pop to Popism exhibition and
is this week assisting with the installation of iconic
works from Andy Warhol and Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein
and Jeff Koons.
coming out of these crates is as good as it gets,"
exhibition curator Wayne Tunnicliffe and Andy Warhol
museum courier Caitlin Gong inspect newly arrived
artworks at Art Gallery Of NSW. Photo: Brett Hemmings
Monday there was the Basquiat-Warhol collaboration
from 1984-85 for which the former artist graffitied
over a bright yellow work by the latter. And Tunnicliffe
helped install the pair's Ten Punching Bags (Last
Supper), from the same time, which features punching
bags painted with images of Christ and covered with
the word "judge". The bags hang in the shadow
of one of Warhol's last self-portraits.
Silver Liz which shows a grinning Ms Taylor
streaked with dark ink is on loan from the
Eyles family in London. "They had heard about
the show and kindly contacted us to say they had a
Silver Liz we're not hanging at the moment if you
want it," says Tunnicliffe. "I said I've
got a [Warhol] Triple Elvis it will make a
curious about the value of these big-name works should
note there are expectations at an upcoming Sotheby's
auction of a Triple Elvis and a Four Marlonswill to
bring in a combined $US130 million.)
it's not all about the famous Yanks. Among Pop to
Popism's 200 works will be a number of Australian
names, including Martin Sharp and Brett Whiteley.
Tunnicliffe says it is important to include them,
and hang their work alongside the big names of pop,
"to show these artists in context, next to the
people they knew and who they were working with".
to Popism is at the Art Gallery of NSW from November
1 to March 1.
Sydney Morning Herald)