The Emperor’s New Clothes
It had to happen. The Hayward Gallery, itself no stranger to the world of fatuous modernity, is about to ask punters to shell out eight quid a ticket for ‘invisible’ art from Yoko Ono, Yves Klein and Andy Warhol.
Art about the Unseen 1957 – 2012 opens on June 12 and includes an empty plinth, a blank picture and an unseen labyrinth. The artwork includes a canvas that has been created by the artist staring at it for 1000 hours, an invisible installation designed to evoke the afterlife and the presence of Andy Warhol’s celebrity aura (an empty plinth).
Says Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, ‘This exhibition highlights that art isn’t about material objects,’ which is funny because I was taught to treat it as the most visual medium of all. As the show is sponsored by Mastercard, perhaps they’ll let you use an invisible credit card to pay the entrance fee. I won’t be seeing it, but nor will anyone else apparently.