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Warhol Vancouver…

This week we are on a completely different schedule – no school, no work and time to seek out different adventures as a family.  (Hooray for Spring Break!)  As a result, and thanks to a heads up from Mimi, we were able to see an art exhibit downtown that is completely different from the Cezanne exhibit at the VAG.


These 80 works are the largest group of Warhols ever to visit Canada, and the first time there has been a dedicated Warhol exhibit  in Vancouver in more than 10 years – we were excited to check them out!


To me Warhol represents a great shift to modern in the history of art, and this is reflected in the ongoing market for his work – I believe his paintings have sold for more than Picasso’s… After working successfully as a commercial illustrator he took the graphic design inspiration to the greater art world, connecting pop culture and the emerging cult of celebrity in the 1960s and 70s – sometimes controversially but always with colour, conviction and style.  One thing that inspired our family was his ability to cross over art mediums; this exhibit alone represents his use of drawings, painting, photos (polaroids!), prints and silk screening.  My little artists were curious to hear about the Factory studio in New York that was famously covered in silver foil…



Something I love about the Andy Warhol legacy (besides the art – which is amazing) is the idea of an art community that existed only to push the boundaries of culture and connectivity.  His friends and colleagues made art with no limitations, to express the colour and energy of the “underground” as it emerged into the modern world.  (Lou Reed, Jean Michel Basquiat, David Bowie, William Burroughs, Debbie Harry – what an amazing collection of creative minds!)

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Some of the silk screens in the exhibit are not complete by Andy Warhol himself, but instead are the work of others (friends, employees) who used his silkscreens and produced the works in different colour combinations.  Some of these were authorized and some not – the artistic license in that experimental time was rough around the edges…  This double Elvis is one of those works:


If you are in the neighbourhood I would definitely recommend it – you may not get another chance to see so much iconic history gathered together in one place – and it’s free!  (Works are available for purchase – if you buy one let me know!  I want to be there when you hang it!) If anyone wants to buy one for me my first choice is (no surprise) this one:  Diamond Dust Shoes


We finished our adventure with a stroll through Yaletown – on St.Patrick’s Day the city was in a fun and festive mood – and were thrilled to see the signs of spring waking up around us…

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