October 22, 2013

Warhol Out West Review

Recently I ventured to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, not for dreams of hitting the jackpot; but to strike it rich full of culture to view the Warhol Out West exhibit. A special added perk to my visit was free entry to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in recognition of Museum Day. I was extremely excited to see Andy Warhol's works up close and personal. the exhibit contained various mediums of Warhol's art including sculpture, film, photography, and interactive art. Images that left an impression on me were the 3D sculptural boxes of "Mott's Apple Juice," also the silver clouds which danced about an enclosed room with the help of fans placed at the corners of the room. The encased silver balloons shaped like pillows bounced from the floor to the ceiling in a random motion. People looked into the room; I got a chance to boldly walk into the room and dance with the pillows!

Another room which featured a short film by Andy Warhol, featuring four minute shorts of friends either just staring into the camera lens or even just merely sitting on a couch. I didn't watch the entire piece, it was too"artsy" for me. I chuckled to myself as some did sit and watch the entire film as if they were viewing a major motion picture. I satched my way over to view other memorable pieces like the wall which had a row of "Polaroids" of Grace Jones, Blondie, Jane Fonda, Truman Capote, and Sylvester Stallone to name a few.  These celebrities photos were taken at earlier years of their fame. The photos of the celebrities reminded me of mugshots or poses for some type of Calvin Klein advert as their image popped out from a stark white background. In keeping with a "western" theme were images of Geronimo, John Wayne, the Buffalo Nickel, and the" Cowboy and Indian" series of screen prints on canvas.

Other classic pieces were on display such as the "Campbell Soup Cans",  images of Marilyn Monroe, Mona Lisa, and Elizabeth Taylor. I also liked Warhol's works with his use of diamond dust in such works as Georgia O"Keefe with Juan Hamilton, I so wanted to touch the canvas! I also can fail to mention the countless self portraits of Andy Warhol himself. 
Andy Warhol made people, places, and things pop out on canvas, sculpture, and film to let his audience see that everything and everyone is a work of art and deserves their fifteen minutes of fame. It makes wonder what Andy Warhol would have thought about social media. 

Warhol Out West is viewable at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art until October 27,2013.

Fashionable Warhol inspired finds:

Yellow Warhol print Silk Mini Dress
Blue Andy Warhol Marilyn Shirt with Open Back
Multicolor Andy Warhol Shoe Print Leggings
Blue Andy Warhol Sequinned Campbell Tshirt

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