Friday, May 13, 2011

The Andy Warhol Museum announces CONTEMPORARY MAGIC: A TAROT DECK ART PROJECT

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS TO OPEN - MIXED SIGNALS: ARTISTS CONSIDER MASCULINITY IN SPORTS AND CONTEMPORARY MAGIC: A TAROT DECK ART PROJECT

(Pittsburgh, PA)…May 11, 2011… The Andy Warhol Museum announces its latest special exhibitions, Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports and Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project.

Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, features 78 Tarot cards created by some of today’s most dynamic artists and fashion designers including Nan Goldin, Marc Jacobs, Yayoi Kusama, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinness, Patrick McMullan, Catherine Opie, Yoshitomo Nara, Richard Phillips, Gareth Pugh, Kenny Scharf, Aurel Schmidt, Andres Serrano, Philip Treacy, Ultra Violet, Vivienne Westwood, and Kehinde Wiley. These artists and designers address both the mythic underpinnings of each figure as well as contemporary life.

The Tarot card deck, originally developed in mid-fifteenth century Europe, typically consists of 78 cards used to play a number of card games. During the eighteenth century through today, these cards have been utilized by mystics for patron readings of spiritual pathways. Typically, Tarot decks are created by one artist and commissioned by one person. Around one hundred years ago the first Tarot deck suit cards were actually given pictorial meaning. Prior to that, all of the suit cards (the wands, the coins, the cups, the swords) were depicted only by numbers. The cards in this exhibition range in media including photography, painting and collage.

Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project is curated by Stacy Engman, curator, National Arts Club. This traveling show is presented and made possible by: KLÜP Foundation.


Cao Fei, Three of Wands, 2010:

Christian Louboutin, Nine of Cups, 2010:

Francesco Vezzoli, Queen of Swords (Study for a Portrait of Lana Turner as Judith, queen of spades (After Vincenzo Catena)), 2010:

Josephine Meckseper, Queen of Pentacles/Coins, 2010:

Karl Lagerfeld, King of Wands (Self Portrait), 2010:

Patrick McMullan, The Hanged Man (Andy Warhol as the “Invisible Sculpture” at Area, NYC), 1985/2010:

Ryan McGinley, The Star (Amanda [Green Blow up), 2010:

Steven Klein, The Moon, 2010:

Thomas Schütte, The Devil (Bert – United Enemies), 1993/2010:

Yoshitomo Nara, Four of Swords, 2010:

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