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Andy Warhol’s Marilyn tapestry – the first time it’s been seen in the UK

You have to see this exhibition! I went to the preview at Modern Art Oxford a few days ago (it opens tomorrow – Sat 6 Dec) and was blown away by it. Love is Enough is a mash-up of Andy Warhol and William Morris, curated by Turner-winning artist Jeremy Deller, who finds parallels between both artists’ revolutionary print techniques and the way they blurred the lines between life and art.


You need know nothing about either of these artists to appreciate the visual slap in the face of putting their conflicting styles together. The William Morris wallpapers that adorn the massive walls in Modern Art Oxford are incredibly beautiful and intricate and striking, but also seem to make Warhol’s bold silk screens stand out even more than they would on a plain background. See what I mean?




Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor


On the back wall is Morris’ incredible wool, silk, mohair and camel hair tapestry The Vision of the Holy Grail


There’s something about the light in Modern Art Oxford and the scale of the rooms, with their vaulted ceilings and sense of space, I always find it very relaxing walking around here, and it’s the kind of place you can bring your children without worrying they’re going to start hiding their toys in a priceless Early Dynastic vase, or ’embellishing’ the statues with felt tip.

The Modern Art cafe is a good one and there’s also a funky little gift shop – I bought a couple of good Christmas presents for the kids in there the other day. Entry is free to this show which is just brilliant, and if you’re taking the kids, don’t forget you’re a few metres away from The Story Museum which has just launched its own cafe too, so you can be fully wired by the time you step across St Aldgates for a walk along Christchurch Meadow, or curl back upwards towards George St for some shopping.

Love is Enough is here for the long haul – it stays with us until 8 March 2015 – but don’t wait, it’s worth seeing more than once.

Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733. Website

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