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Art Planner: Homage to Warhol, Paint It Forward and Tour de Shine

Tristan Eaton with his mural on the Bern’s Steak House wine warehouse wall facing Howard Avenue.
Tristan Eaton with his mural on the Bern’s Steak House wine warehouse wall facing Howard Avenue.
Published Feb. 15, 2017

Fifteen Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol began his career using influences from pop culture and ended up being the influence on pop culture. A new exhibition at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota celebrates his far-reaching influence by featuring works and recordings by artists, writers and performers who knew or were inspired by Warhol, including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Nat Finkelstein, whose photo of Warhol and Dylan is pictured. Organized and produced by Jeff Gordon and Path Soong, known collectively as Wu-Shan Inc., the exhibition juxtaposes 12-by-12-inch screen prints with an audio work created in homage to Warhol. For example, Finkelstein's photo of Warhol and Dylan in the Factory with one of Warhol's Elvis paintings in the background is accompanied by Dylan's song When I Paint My Masterpiece, in which he critiques the Warholian notion of fame. The exhibit opens Monday at the Willis Smith Gallery, located in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center at 2363 Old Bradenton Road. An opening reception is from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Good deeds: Paint it Forward at Cass

Cass Contemporary in Tampa has been responsible for introducing our area to new contemporary artists, often street artists, from around the world. They also feature local and regional artists and support emerging artists. For the Paint It Forward exhibition, 15 established artists were invited to exhibit work alongside the work of an emerging artist of their choice. Among them is Los Angeles-based Tristan Eaton, a prominent street artist whose murals can be found around the world, including in Tampa on Bern's Steak House's wine warehouse, pictured. Eaton also designed the iconic Kidrobot Dunny and Munny art toys. He'll be at the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Friday, featuring food and drinks from Bern's, Rooster & the Till, Haven and Coppertail Brewing Co. 2722 S MacDill Ave.

Weather permitting: Tour de Shine

Last month, the bicycle tour of the St. Petersburg murals from the Shine festival was canceled due to bad weather. The next tour is at 10 a.m. Sunday, and they will honor tickets from the canceled tour. For $20, you'll view and learn about 30 murals. It launches from the St. Petersburg Bicycle Cooperative, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. One tour each month continues through May. (813) 263-8600.


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