Or “Pop Trash” as its described by this Independent review. This is a deeply superficial show, full of glitz and gloss, blingy as Moscow, neon-besmattered as the buildings of central Tokyo, noisy as a hypermarket. The review means this as a bad thing, but I’m not so sure. Yes, it’s shallow, but its entertainingly shallow and raises interesting questions about commercialisation in art, and in one case of a sex video, an artists selling of her body “for the purpose” of art (or is it just shameful hype?) Also its pretty entertaining- my favourite parts were the Damien Hirst room (in all its dotty ridiculousness), complete with Golden Carf Submerged in Water, the Naked Lady Corridor (not the room “Adults only”, but the corridor where startled middle class ladies rushed their young children past medium-core arty images of women in various states of undress), and the final room- a gloriously Murakami-ed up extravaganza (not Haruki, this one) that allowed me and my friend to bask in Japan nostalgia with the Kirsten Dunst video filmed in Akiharabara on display. Anyway enough talk, here’s some pics:
Andy Warhol- too much for me, and certainly wasn’t the best part
The Brooke Sheilds controversy generated publicity, but the replacement picture was a minor part of the exhibition
Lots of sex
Golden Cow in Water, or “False Idol” (2008) by Damien Hirst- now that’s more like it
Dead Horse. Untitled (2009) by Maurizio Cattelan
Kirsten Dunst – BABE!