Is the show ever over? Can art ever be obsolete? Is a painting finished with the last brushstroke?
I am standing in front of an Andy Warhol painting, hands crossed, eyes squinting. The man on my left could be mistaken for dancing, but he is actually moving forward to examine a Lichtenstein, then takes a few steps back, then right, then left, then comes back to his original place, doing a kind of artistic hokey pokey. The space is rather chilly, so I wrap my scarf a bit tighter and I move to the next room.
I had not been in the Gagosian in London before, and I have to say I am quite impressed by the sheer size of the space. There are men in black suits in every room that stand still, seamlessly blending with the art. This exhibition comes as a modern art All Stars concert*, housing works of some of my favourite artists like Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Gerhard Richter.
I loved Andy Warhol‘s pieces (but then, I always do) even before I saw that he was responsible for creating it. From the Little Electric Chair and the Untitled (Shadows) series to Oxidation, I loved every single work.
I also really liked Gerhard Richter‘s Grau (Grey) and Mirror, as his work has this amazing subtlety that creates a sense of stillness in me.
Each visitor could take a poster of Christopher Wool‘s central piece that inspired the name of the exhibition, so I rolled it, put it in the plastic bag, and after another quick glance around, I left. We always take a small part of the art we saw; rolled up in a bag or stored in us. The show goes on.
*The exhibition also featured work by Dan Colen, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Elrod, Lucio Fontana, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Kim Gordon, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Gregor Hildebrandt, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Nate Lowman, Piero Manzoni, Brice Marden, Adam McEwen, Albert Oehlen, Steven Parrino, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Rudolf Stingel, Blair Thurman, Cy Twombly, Christopher Wool, and Richard Wright.