reviews

  • Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe’s Lips, 1962, synthetic polymer, silk-screen ink, and pencil on canvas, 6' 10 3/4“ x 13' 7”.

    Andy Warhol

    Museo Jumex

    Although “Andy Warhol: Dark Star” included a range of works from 1951 through 1978 installed on every floor of the museum, its great success was in shedding new light on the best-known phase of the Pop artist’s career, between 1961 and 1972. Instead of assuming Warhol’s paintings of that time to be interchangeable and of equal value, as others have done, curator Douglas Fogle stressed the variety of distinguishing decisions—aesthetic as well as thematic—that the artist made.

    For example, Fogle opted to juxtapose Large Campbell’s Soup Can, 1964, a painting of a single pristine, solitary

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  • Diego Pérez, Tlapucata I–IV, 2017, copper, brass, iron, dimensions variable.

    Diego Pérez

    Galeria Alterna

    “Water is stronger than rock,” wrote Hermann Hesse in his 1922 novel Siddhartha. This maxim suits the art of Diego Pérez, which spans photography, sculpture, and drawing, and it’s the title of one of the works in the Mexican artist’s recent exhibition, “The future belongs to Philophotology,” curated by Octavio Avendaño. In this piece, Pérez has inscribed Hesse’s words in jauntily handwritten letters using water on a large piece of paper blackened with graphite; below this framed drawing sits a sizable volcanic rock. There is lighthearted humor in this literal illustration of Hesse’s phrase.

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