I ended up leaving class early and before heading home to collapse and drink lemon and honey – I made it to the Art Gallery of Western Australia for the media meetup to check out the new exhibition:
In each section, the more recent work holds its own, jolting us out of the presumption that modernism is a museum specimen. Its notes may be played today in a different key, but this exhibit proves the music of modernism plays on.
The still life section contains not only masterpieces of early modernism by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Miro but wonderful later things by George Brecht, Philip Guston, Urs Fischer and Michael Craig-Martin.
Among the highlights in the portraits section are Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, Balthus’s Joan Miro and his Daughter Dolores, and a screaming pope by Francis Bacon. But we also see more contemporary and enigmatic interpretations of what a portrait can be by the likes of Jasper Johns (Painting Bitten by a Man) and Andy Warhol (Double Elvis).
I thought it was lovely. That may be the headache tablets talking, so I’ll have to come back when I’m feeling better and enjoy it all over again.