STRUGGLING FOR THAT SPECIAL Valentine’s Day treat for a loved one? How about afternoon tea with Andy Warhol?
That’s “with” the celebrity pop icon figuratively, not literally, because he died 31 years ago. But London artist Nina Saunders has devised a romantic installation inspired by the occasion when the Pittsburgh-born Andrew Warhola was photographed taking tea and cake at the Ritz Hotel, in Piccadilly in the 1970s.
She has appropriated the image as a pink silkscreen — see section above — and made 10 151cm by 115cm prints from it. The gallery says “lucky buyers will be invited to relish tea with andy.
“Settle into an elegant vintage table setting with your loved one and indulge in a slice of cake and a cup of tea as you enjoy the company of one of the most iconic artists of our time”. (Difficult, since his death, but, you know, publicity writers…)
Whoops, almost forgot to mention the price, £1,500 each. Wow! Perhaps a tacky card from Clintons will do.
You could try that, adding that Valentine’s gift-giving is a perversion of the 14 February tradition of admiration expressed anonymously.
A weak excuse for not offering a present? It didn’t work for me, either.
David Altheer 250119
* Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road N16 8AD (020 3667 4550). Sittings of 30 minutes will be held in the gallery basement on Saturdays 16 and 23 February 2019, noon-5pm. To see Red Saunders talk about photographing Warhol press this video link
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