Saturday, July 21, 2007

Day at the NGV

Last weekend, having turned a year older, I treated myself to a day trip in Melbourne to see, among others, the exhibition in this year's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria. Currently on show is a collection of 20th - 21st Century art from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now is on show until 7 October.

I generally am not a big fan of contemporary art but to see up close the works of acclaimed artists including Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, to name a few, was too good to pass up.

However, my favourite is Roy Lichtenstein's 1968 painting, Preparedness. I was just floored when I saw this amazing 3-panel painting. A next favourite is Agnes Martin's White Floor, 1960.

An interesting exhibit was Felix Gonzales-Torres' 'Untitled' (Public Opinion) 1991. It consisted of a large pile of liquorice candy placed at a corner of the hall. Visitors were allowed to help themselves to the candy (but not eat within the exhibition area).

Overall, it was a nice ME-time spent in Melbourne.

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