Men with guns want to control those with ideas / by artnoise

 Vote McGovern, Andy Warhol, 1972 - Image ©Eric Fidler

Vote McGovern, Andy Warhol, 1972 - Image ©Eric Fidler

The keyword here is tape. Everything started with a sellotape and finished with tapes. Now Andy Warhol used to record his art victims on tapes. What is a tape? Honestly, is that so important? I would like to tell a story about the ultimate sellotape scandal also called tapegate. Also, it has been given another name: shoutyourmouthgate, which it is not only a referral to Donald Trump that recently became the new American nightmare, it's also something to define the power of a small detail, which it could happen in art as in real life, as in politics. This small detail is silence.

Never underestimate the power of words, let alone the power of silence. Although the power of images (and art) is greater than words, when it comes to depict reality (and art) with silence, no one can escape to that power. You have to stand still, in front of the picture because with its lines, its colours, its conceptual meaning, is telling you a story. A true story. It is looking at the future and in somehow is begging you for help. We are talking about the power, you know.

Looking at this "Vote McGovern" 1972 screenprint by Andy Warhol. We all know Andy, right? We always expect something like that from Andy. He was an outspoken artist who expressed most of his (social-political) opinions through his art. Quite typical of him, so provocateur with this portrait of a diabolic Nixon. Nothing to declare with Andy. He is just asking you to stand still, reflect, choose, think and accept in the silence of your head. Like the sound of the last, transparent fragment of a recording tape.