Feeling artsy

  Miriam Davidson,  by Andy Warhol

Miriam Davidson, by Andy Warhol

One of the greatest things about living in London is that on any given day, there's a multitude of places and events to discover, regardless of what you're into. Tonight, I visited the Gagosian Gallery for the 'Avedon Warhol' exhibition: photographs by Richard Avedon, accompanied by paintings by Andy Warhol.

I can't claim to be an art connoisseur. I've heard of Andy Warhol, of course, but not of Richard Avedon, a prolific photographer whose work is featured in many permanent collections in major museums worldwide, and who photographed many of the biggest politicians and celebrities of the 1950s-2000s, including Warhol.

It was a packed opening. Many attendees - no doubt more culturally and artistically alert - seemed to know what they were talking about, whereas I'd have to consult my cheat sheet to tell you that "portraiture was a shared focus of both artists, and they made use of repetition and serialization."

My deep and insightfully artistic response to that is: Good for them. Really. I just love seeing work - and meeting people - who are driven to do something they love, something that stirs them. Even though photography and painting both aren't 'my thing,' I appreciated that feeling tonight, of knowing and witnessing that there are callings out there to be found and explored.

And I appreciated having just the smallest amount of insight despite my ignorance: Warhol's painting, The Last Supper, painted in 1986, naturally brought back memories of seeing Leonardo da Vinci's original just a few short weeks ago. I remembered the names of some of the apostles: That's Thomas, pointing at the sky, signifying the resurrection. That's Philip, imploring Jesus for an explanation of who is going to betray him.

See? Sometimes I'm cultured too.


Photographs...deny that we age at the same time as they chronicle our immortality.
— Richard Avedon
Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it.
— Andy Warhol