Out of town guests mean we get to explore our own city for a change, and so we ended up spending some time with Andy, father of pop art.
Can you guess who that is?
Yes, Andy Warhol!
While the museum docent was filling us in on Warhol’s silk screen technique, his large photograph collection of the stars, and his inspiration for removing the artists hand from the art (thus being more machine like), my twin boys were watching her from the double stroller. At 17 months, how much can you really take in? Although the docent was very animated and held their attention for a little while, they soon decided that running around the room in circles was much more fun.
But as you can see Andy’s charm drew them in and made them look like real museum enthusiasts. Here is Mason considering Warhol’s collection of Jackie Kennedy. Mason, what do you think of his use of color?
Cameron was attracted to the black and white photos of Warhol and some stars. Here he is hanging with the terminator. Just in case you don’t know what Andy looks like, Cameron will point him out for you…
And around the room we go. Twins, Mason and Cameron, moving to and fro. Here Mason was stopped by Andy himself. You can see Mason takes this very seriously. He is trying to figure something out. It looks like he has been viewing art for years. He has the stance right as he pauses to consider this photograph.
But here is Cameron at the same place. He might be our little actor in the making. See how he is mimicking the stance of the man in the photo to the right – pure coincidence of course. But it really looks like they are looking at the same thing.
Here we all are posing in front of Warhol’s photos and artwork. We had a fun time at the museum.
What was very apparent in Warhol’s work is how he liked to repeat the same image over and over. We saw Silver Elvis repeated about 15 times in a row. Or Images of Chairman Mao repeated but with different colors to evoke different emotions.
As we were leaving the one floor my friend pointed out how the twins were creating their own “Andy Warhol piece” . See in the photo how they had the exact same pose! And I thought these boys were too young to take it in – clearly they had taken it all in, understood it and now replicating it themselves! Since he was so interested in repetition, I wonder if Warhol ever did work with twins?