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"Drawings 1978-2006: Andy Warhol, Robert Hawkins and Jonathan Meese"
2006-03-28 until 2006-05-02
Pollock Fine Art
London, , UK United Kingdom

Pollock Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings from 1978-2006 with works by Andy Warhol, Robert Hawkins and Jonathan Meese. The exhibition is accompanied by an introductory text, What About Robert Hawkins by Glenn O'Brien. In its newly renovated Primrose Hill space, the gallery will display over twenty five drawings in various media. Notable is the inclusion of two museum-quality Warhol graphite on paper portraits of Queen Elizabeth. With these stylish works, Warhol made sly alterations to HRH's likeness.

Hawkins royals are fabulous in a different way; an extended genealogy chart from the Planet of the Apes, beginning with the coupling of two ancestral lines.Here there is no evolution, just gems and pathos drawn in reversed chiaroscuro. The pure draftsmanship transforms from the visual realm to the cerebral, as King Omega and Queen Tang descend to Princess Tomba and Prince Bobo, begetting the Infante Tuti.

Also included is the rare Lolitadzio Kotbart by Jonathan Meese. In contrast to his recent performance at Tate Modern, this hand made book is a fusion of image and text, both intimate and poetic. Beautifully drawn in ink and hand-written in his private language, the book is trance-like and in the artist‚s own words, "one of the masterpieces".

What About Robert Hawkins
by Glenn O'Brien

I have always been a huge fan of Robert Hawkins. I think it used to be a sort of secret thing. Like an art crush. I didn't really know him and I guess I was sort of scared of hi m for years. Not that I thought he was going to knife me or bite me or anything, although he really did look like a scary punk, with a fierce Mohawk, a really good one, and raffish leather with rude stuff written on it and big paratrooper boots and major tattoos and real fang implants and a nose ring...just a sort of generally forbidding presence. He also seemed to glare a lot, but now I think he didn't realize he was glaring. I do the same thing. It's like when my Latin teacher threw me out of class saying "Wipe that smirk off your face Mr. O'Brien." I didn't even know I was doing it. I was just being natural. And that's what Robert is. He is more than natural. He is Nature. He is more natural than just about anybody I know, but more on that later.

Anyway, I was just afraid that if I talked to him he might say "What do you want?" in a really loud voice or something. And in the art world getting shown up or embarrassed is far worse than getting stabbed! . But in fact that was what I really liked about him. To me, in this world, if you‚re not a desperado you just don't get it. To be a good artist you have to be a desperado, and to be great one and to stay that way and to stay genuinely alive you have to be a desperado in your bones.

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