August 12, 2007

Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism

"Warhol Vs Banksy," The Hospital, London. Through Sept. 1.

Louise Jury in the Evening Standard reports: "Duncan Cargill, The Hospital's creative director, said: 'Implicitly, Warhol is defending his title, but Banksy makes for a formidable challenger as he has received maximum exposure since 2000. As soon as we announced we were going to do this show I received emails from people all over the country who revealed they had fantastic [Banksy] work, and would we be interested in showing it. They were very different from the collectors who have lent Warhols.' Among the highlights are four portraits by Warhol of the individual Beatles that have never been seen in Britain. The artist met the band when they were together, but the work dates from after their split. The exhibition showcases work which demonstrates how Banksy was influenced and inspired by Warhol." Read more.

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