Thursday, August 16, 2012
Noted local artist Jon Rubin will exhibit work at the 9th Shanghai Biennial, and his artwork is literally a slice of Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum announced today. Rubin’s installation work, The Lovasik Estate Sale, displays all the object in the home of one area family as they were arranged during the estate sale. Pittsburgh is one of 30 international cities to be represented at the Biennial, which runs Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Rubin’s piece, sponsored by The Warhol, replicates the home’s ground floor, which once served as a family-run grocery store and butcher shop, and the two-bedroom home upstairs. Rubin, you’ll recall, is the mastermind behind The Waffle Shop and other works blurring the lines between art, commerce and everyday life.
Lovasik Estate Sale is quintessential ready-made art, but one wonders what Chinese folks, say, will make of all the personal effects, including “hundreds of religious books written by a priest in the family.” Meanwhile, the Warhol’s press release notes that visitors to the exhibit can purchase items displayed — many of which were made in China. Brilliant.
To view images and read the full press release, read on.