I was flipping through last month’s British Vogue the other day when I happened across a small article about ‘Tarot tales’ which caught my eye …. I love anything mystical and magical, so on to google I went! This lead me to the understanding that at present, at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, there is an exhibition on, curated by Stacy Engman of ‘Contemporary Magic - A Tarot Card Deck Art Project’ in which she enlisted the help of several designers and artists to come up with their interpretation of an assigned card. What fun!
An article on the Warhol Muesum Website read so well, that I have copied it in it’s entirety, for you to enjoy yourself ……. And I’ve added a few pictures too!
The Tarot deck is many things: revered diviner of knowledge, feared revealer of hidden secrets, and critiqued promotor of quackish myth. Regardless of one’s take on Tarot card reading, it is certain that the history and imagery of these mysterious cards is ripe territory for contemporary artists to come up with their own interpretations of the 78 personas that make up the standard Tarot deck. And that is exactly what my divine colleague Stacy Engman set about doing as she assembled a group of some of today’s most dynamic artists and asked them to submit a new work based on a tarot card personally assigned by her.
The resulting images are just as whimsical as the readings that emerge from an actual reading of the cards. The amazing groups of artists included in the project created cards in a range of media (photography, painting and collage) and each infused an additional sense of allure and magic into this already heavily charged lam of mystery. Not only may viewers enjoy the actual works in the exhibition of the original cards, but they may also take them home in this unique catalogue in the form of a deck of Tarot cards in and of itself!