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Warhol comes to Margate


A very wet weekend camping in Margate last summer gave me ample opportunity to explore the myriad of charity and secondhand shops located there, in between braving dilapidated amusement arcades and visiting the donkeys on the beach. My stay yielded nothing more exciting than a plastic picnic set for four and a few china swans. However, when Paul Hazelton – founder of Margate’s Limbo Arts collective – went secondhand shopping in the town, he happened to buy something rather more intriguing: an old Philco Predicta television that once belonged to Andy Warhol.

Hazelton came across the TV for sale in a now-defunct secondhand store called Style Counsel, but its journey to Margate began when it was sold in Sotheby’s famous 1988 auction of items from Warhol’s private collection. It then took a detour through Scotland before reaching its Kentish destination. Its discovery in Margate forms the basis of a forthcoming Limbo Arts exhibition entitled, not unreasonably, Andy Warhol’s TV.

A collaboration between Limbo Arts and Kate Jackson from Style Counsel, the exhibition won’t actually feature any artwork. Instead, the Style Counsel shop will be resurrected within the gallery as a space where secondhand items can be displayed – either for sale or contemplation. Matthew de Pulford, who is coordinating the show, says its intention is “to consider what Margate, specifically its secondhand shops, might be able to contribute to artistic ideas about the representation and interpretation of culture” – the TV acting as kind of cipher for Warhol and his work and notions of “yesterday’s culture”. All of which seems particularly resonant in this once thriving, now fading, holiday resort.

The exhibition runs from 18th - 26th October 2008, from 12pm - 6pm at Limbo Arts, 16 Bilton Square (off the High Street), Margate CT9 1DX. Entry is free. www.limboarts.co.uk
 
 
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