Andy Warhol - Grand Palais Paris

18 March to 13 july 2009. Every day except Tuesday from 10h to 22h, Thirsday until 20h. 11 euros.

The Great World of Andy Warhol inside the Grand Palais of Paris is a success. If the artist continues to attract, it is more than ever the subject of a misunderstanding. Andy Warhol is most fashionable. In some media, at least, where, at the opening of the exhibition The Great World of Andy Warhol, the Grand Palais in Paris, said it very difficult for the American artist, on the Mode burn what we have loved. " He blamed his penchant for publicity and money or its lack of political commitment. Worse, we suspect that they did not have talent. It is not clear that all these critics have visited the exhibition, or at least they have what it really looked to be seen. Because they would know that Warhol was a great artist, who marked their time and leave their mark in the history of art. Le Grand Palais almost exclusively portraits. No series of bottles of Coca-Cola or Campbell soup cans. No facilities, either. The business editor of the artist (he founded and directed the great American magazine Interview), the beginnings of advertising, his instinct for talent scouts, are addressed at the margin. Remain more than one hundred portraits, usually multiple, two large drawings, videos, photos. Enough to show, first, that it is a real work of a painter. Like Delacroix, Warhol used photographs. If the subject that was portrayed was not dead or absent (and in this case, he left what he found, a snapshot of an agency, for example), he did ask and, at the help of assistants, was engaged in a long session of shooting. Then he began the work of drafting the final painting obtained by different techniques: serigraphy, collage, overloading, use of various substances to transform the subject ... The result is usually extremely harmonious, sometimes ironic, of great evocative power partly due to variations in color of a "test" to another. A collective portrait of the contemporary world. Because the choice to conduct multiple works, a sort of trademark of the artist, is not just a shot. It is instead the result of a genuine reflection on the painting in relation to cinema. Often, Warhol produced more variation than did the control required. The client could finally buy them. Otherwise, the artist kept the Factory, his studio, where the fund was for him a kind of collective portrait of the contemporary world. Warhol, sponge of his time, was fascinated by the society of the spectacle. No group, as is often thought of this son of immigrants reached the summit of society. Rather as a philosopher. His thinking is not going through the written word but by the completion of works. When he commanded portraits, aggregating it to the overall work, just like the Renaissance artists could do. No more than they, not he chose his models.  When diverting a picture of Mao, he acted as Rubens who joined the order of Marie de Medici (a series of huge paintings now in the Louvre) in a reflection on power and its representatives. Deeply of his time, Warhol was an artist as "old style", with a workshop, a plan of care and bills to pay. Charles Le Brun and Jacques Louis David, he led the work along with theoretical and philosophical reflections on the contemporary world, life and art. He was a true artist.  

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