Chiswick at the Gallery and Pop to Popism, Sydney

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Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe 1967, a suite of 10 screenprints

Pop to Popism has taken over the Art Gallery of New South Wales with more than 200 works exploring the origins of pop art. Pop Art exploded onto the scene from the early 1960’s when artists rebelled to embrace the world of advertising, film stars, pop music and consumerism.

One of our favourites at this exhibition is Andy Warhol’s screenprints of Marilyn Monroe. The four months after Monroe death, Warhol made more than 20 silkscreen prints of her all based on a photo from her 1953 film Niagara. Warhol aims to represent two themes, death and the cult of celebrity. By contrasting the stark and vivid colours to black and white, matched with fading he brings attention to Monroe’s mortality, in addition presenting her in a infinitely reproducible image.

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Martin Sharp, Tim Lewis – Still life: (Marilyn) 1973

image3Andy Warhol – Self-portrait no. 9 1986

Not missing an opportunity to eat, we dined at Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan’s CHISWICK at the Gallery. A contemporary dining room overlooking Woolloomooloo and Sydney Harbour.

image4 Seared kingfish, daikon, soy, shiso $22

Light and tender, perfectly seared pieces of kingfish. The diakon added a lovely crunch to the fresh morsels

image5 Chargrilled scallops, heirloom carrots, smoked almond, tarragon $24

Tender little medallions with a beautiful taste of the sea. The pureed carrots added an all round sweetness to the savoury buttery scallop meat.

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Pumpkin ravioli, broccolini, lemon, raisins $21

Perfect. This was our favourite starter. Our only regret was that we didn’t order more. Light and buttery all at the same time, the perfect parcels were filled with a sweet pumpkin puree that balanced nicely with the zing from the lemon.

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Slow roast Moran family lamb, romesco, Israeli cous cous, charred capsicum $72

For $72, we felt this was a bit pricey. That being said, tender to the bone. The meat was mouth-watering literally falling apart at the sweet caress of my eager fork. Tender, moreish and wonderful.

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Cheese Board

Never miss the opportunity for cheese. There was a great selection here however I would have liked a blue option.

A fun day for all!

Chiswick at the Gallery

Art Gallery Rd
Sydney, NSW 2000

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