American Art Gallery 119, first floor
Highlighting works from the 1960s and early 1970s, this installation captures a pivotal moment in the history of American art. Works by Pop artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg, are featured, as well as pieces by their predecessors, whose work resonates with Pop Art, such as Robert Rauschenberg.
Pop Art and Its Affinities also features paintings by Op Artists such as Edna Andrade, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Josef Albers, who were among the first artists to base their work entirely upon optical impressions examined in the science of perceptual psychology, such as the after-image and chromatic vibration.
An international movement that originated in London and New York, Pop Art, or what artist James Rosenquist called "the world of supermarket junk and plenty," began as a response to the explosion of mass culture in the 1960s. In its creation, artists appropriated imagery from billboards, newspapers, films, comic books, and other media, and used commercial materials and techniques such as silkscreening, often enlarging images to colossal proportions.
Pop Art, "the world of supermarket junk and plenty, " began as a response to the explosion of mass culture in the 1960s.
Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg, and their predecessors such as Robert Rauschenberg, transgressed the assumed boundary between fine art and graphic design, raising provocative questions about the nature of creativity and originality in the age of mechanical reproduction.
Michael R. Taylor • The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art
Emily Hage • Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Modern and Contemporary Art