Picasso To Warhol Opening Night

My friend Matthew and I were photographed by the Art Gallery of WA for the Picasso to Warhol Exhibition. I was lucky enough to be wearing Jaime Lee on the night. This dress is by far the most stunning thing I have ever worn and came direct from being donned by the one and only Kimbra, who wore it on Jimmy Kimmel live in LA. Jaime calls this, ‘best friend perks’ and you don’t hear me complaining.

Below: I love this man, what a dude!

I remember first reading about the Picasso to Warhol Exhibition coming to Perth in the newspaper back in 2010. Since then I have literally been waiting with baited breath to get to see it and so was completely thrilled to be invited by PPR to attend Opening night. The exhibition which finally made it over from MOMA in New York, did not disappoint! I could not believe how many works there were on display, it blew my mind. I actually thought for some reason, as it is called ‘Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, that there would be only around 14 works. In fact there are 120 pieces on display and each and every one of them is awe inspiring.

It is the first exhibition in a series of 6 that will take place over the next almost 3 years as part of a partnership with Art Gallery of WA and MOMA, New York.  The selection of works featured in the exhibition are by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including; Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio De Chirico, Joan Miró, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.

The speeches given on the night by the likes of MOMA Director, Glenn D.Lowry, Art Gallery of WA Director, Stefano Carboni and the Australian Ambassador in America, were highly entertaining and to hear such influential people speak in front of the well dressed Perth crowd – was goose-bump-worthy. Listening to the way they spoke about their love of art and how it relates to the world today and its relevance in society and culture in general, was very cool. What a coup for WA. Well done AGWA!

Here are a few photographs I took on the night.

Dolce & Gabbana dress = stunning!

An Andy Warhol work complete with shadow which adds an extra touch I think – just so you know I’m viewing it in the flesh.

Even though the picture is blurred, the sophistication of this woman is plain to see. From her flawless chignon, excessive pearls and Chanel 2.55 handbag, to her cameo brooch and houndstooth pant suit – she is utter perfection.

Cheryl Rice in front of a Matisse.

Do these even need a caption?

Matthew peruses all of the different flavoured soups.

Below: Andy Warhol’s Before and After. I love this lady’s newspaper trench and Beret.

A quiet moment captured.

There is something oddly Simpsons-like about this photograph, Above.

“This is arguably the biggest event in Perth’s cultural history to date.” Words from a post I wrote back in May after attending the media briefing. To see more about the MOMA/AGWA partnership and for exhibition details, visit my archive.

08-07-2012

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