Pop Life: Pretty good
Just back from Pop Life at the National Gallery in Ottawa, which I'm writing about today for the Saturday paper. I went in the proper cynic, and came out, if not coverted, then a lot less so; the show is both huge, bombastic and shamelessly crowd-pleasing while managing at the same time to have depth, counter-point and meaning. As blockbusters go, with their cozying up to the greatest breadth of the ticket-buying public, this is almost as good as it gets; amid all the hype and prudish scandal -- genitalia? Nazis? Horror! -- there's a centre of gravity under the froth. I'll let you know more on Saturday.
Photo: Maurizio Cattelan's "Untitled," 2009
And, and down below there, for those interested, is NG director Marc Meyer snagging a Skittle for himself off the snack tray at the press conference yesterday. The man jumps in with both feet.