Boca Raton Museum of Art
Austin Modine, Marketing & PR Associate
Boca Raton, FL - An exceptional display of contemporary and classic works of Pop art is the feature season exhibition at the Boca Museum of Art through April 23, 2014.
Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation explores the origins of the Pop art movement and its continuing influence on contemporary art. Included are extraordinary artworks by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Edward Ruscha, Keith Haring, Gilbert and George, and many others.
”This engaging exhibition beautifully demonstrates how artists both influence and are inspired by elements of popular culture” said Boca Museum of Art director, Steven Maklansky.
When it originated in the mid-1950s and 1960s, artists associated with the Pop art movement sought to ironically emphasize images representing the kitschy or clichéd elements of mass culture and consumerism. They abandoned subject matter associated with “high art” in favor of works based upon conventional imagery and commercial graphics. Since then, the interactions of fine art and popular culture have grown ever more numerous and complex.
Over 100 works fill the Museum’s first floor galleries in an exhibition that highlights how artists both borrow and transform the most iconic and the most mundane popular source material. From Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe to Red Grooms’ portrait of Mae West; from an exclamation point sculpted by Richard Artschwager to a typewriter eraser sculpted by Claes Oldenburg; from a motorcycle painted by Keith Haring to John Chamberlain’s sculpture recalling a car crash; and from Andrew Lewicki’s sculpture of a giant Oreo manhole cover to Jose Quinones’ painting of a crushed Orange Crush soda can, the Pop Culture exhibition provides a shopping-spree-like sampling of consumer consumption interpreted through the fascinating and enlightening lens of artistic production.
Frederick R. Weisman, the successful businessman who amassed the extensive collection from which the works in Pop Culture were selected once said, “I don’t think there is anything that communicates better than art. It is quicker than language and clearer than philosophy,”
Pop Culture is funded by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles and a generous contribution by Dr. Nicole Edeiken. Media support is provided by the Boca Raton Observer.
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