Friday, June 18, 2010

Andy Warhol: David Salle Fan

Andy Warhol, The Last Supper (Be a Somebody with a Body), 1985–86. Acrylic on linen, 50 x 56 in. Photos: 16 Miles [more]

David Salle, We'll Shake the Bag, 1980. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 in.

At last night's opening for "Andy Warhol: The Late Decade" at the Brooklyn Museum (which was packed with people, by the way, though they may have just been there for the free wine and beer), the Andy Warhol painting up above was attracting a great deal of attention. "My word! That really looks a lot like a David Salle painting!" one patron shouted to his friend. When I returned home to read the weekend reviews, Roberta Smith already had it covered in the New York Times:
Especially intriguing are a series of mostly black-and-white works in which Warhol, inspired perhaps by David Salle, starts using a projector to draw and paint existing motifs directly onto the image.

Warhol collaborated with Celemente and Basquiat — but not Salle. Instead, he seems to have decided to paint like him.

Updated: Greg Allen points out the David Salle-Francis Picabia connection.

Related: Joseph Ketner on "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade" on ARTINFO