Sunday, May 11, 2014

All That Glitters

Got some collage work done today. This one is up in my eBay shop.

"Hollywood Juliet," 2.5 x 3.5" paper collage and paint marker
She seems to be following me around lately. A lot of her movies have been on TV, ranging from the dreadfully garish Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to the brilliant Some Like It Hot. My favorite Monroe role, however is the little part in All About Eve.

I also recently finished Camille Paglia's Glittering Images, which has an interesting essay on Warhol's Marilyn Diptych, calling it "Sun and Rain."

"Marilyn's life is portrayed in all its sun and rain. On the left, we see her blazing glamour as a cartoonish symbol of the Hollywood studio system which created her but, as it broke down, could no longer protect her. On the right is the real, humdrum, daily Marilyn, the eclipsed Norma Jeane Montenson struggling for identity. The black-and-white images, streaked like soot stains or sodden newsprint, seem bathed in tears, the misery of a shunned Magdalene."

I also went to see this interesting exhibition at the local Block Museum. It juxtaposed Edward Steichen's portrait style with Andy Warhol's. Steichen photographed the rich and famous as members of an upper class, showing luxury and style. Warhol photographed them as interchangeable parts, fitting his more democratic philosophy. It takes skill to take a great studio photo, but anyone can use a Polaroid.

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
–Andy Warhol (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975)

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