The Skarstedt Gallery on Old Bond Street is currently displaying a succinct exhibition of works from contemporary and modern heavyweights. As the title suggests, the arrangement and curation is based around the influence and inspiration of artists’ counterpart muses.
Each of the selected works is a response to an artistic influencer. Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Sigmar Polke, Martin Kippenberger, George Condo and Francis Bacon’s offerings are displayed across the light inundated space.
Warhol’s repetitive reproduction of Giorgio de Chirico’s ‘Disquieting Muses’ simultaneously records his penchant for the serial while drawing stylistic comparisons between himself and his metaphysical predecessor. Across the way from this work hangs Richard Prince’s ‘Untitled (de Kooning)’ which looks to Condo’s seminal ‘Woman’ paintings of the late 40s and 50s (pictured above). The emphatic surface texture is one of many ‘homages’, displaying the influence of not only subject but more profoundly of style, technique and paint handling.
The most eye-catching piece comes from Polke, whose absurd ‘This Is How You Sit Correctly (After Goya and Max Ernst)’, is painted in acrylic on printed children’s fabric. Borrowed imagery is arranged through superimposition creating interesting planes through layering.
Francis Bacon’s famous fascination with Velazquez’s papal portrait of Pope Innocent X is on show in one of its many instances and hung next to an interesting portrait from George Condo.
Size is by no means a reflection of the greatness of this exhibit; with influence as premise and an impressive roster of artists, it really is a hidden treasure on the summer lineup.
All images courtesy of The Skarstedt Gallery