• Monday , 19 February 2018

As the Only East Coast Venue, International Pop Blasts Into Philly

Photos, story by Lou Perri

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents International Pop, a groundbreaking survey of this important movement that explores Pop Art as a global phenomenon that was shaped by artists working in many different countries throughout the world.

The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, assemblage, installation, printmaking, and film by 80 artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, and offers an intriguing new look at a subject that is familiar. Viewing Pop Art through a much wider lens that amplifies a history commonly associated with major American figures like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, it is sure to delight audiences and broaden their understanding of one of the most significant chapters in the history of contemporary art.

Organized by the Walker Art Center, this is the first traveling exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive account of the development of Pop Art during the 1960s and 1970s. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be its final venue and the only East Coast presentation. International Pop runs through May 15th, 2016.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, told Explore Philly: “Pop was one of the most iconic art movements of the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition is an ambitious effort to explore its emergence and impact far beyond the borders of the United States and Britain. We are delighted that in Philadelphia we will add to the exhibition some important works from private collections and our own holdings of contemporary art.”

Highlights of International Pop will include works of major British and American artists presented in juxtaposition with works by artists from other countries that were centers for the development of Pop Art.

Hers is a Lush Situation, a work painted in 1958 by one of the seminal figures of this movement, the British artist Richard Hamilton, offers a witty commentary on the advertising adage that sex sells. It treats the forms and shapes of a Buick as an evocation of the human body, punctuated by a cut-out of Sophia Loren’s lips. Other artists would look at this issue in a different light. In O Beijo (The Kiss) of 1967, for example, the Brazilian Waldemar Cordeiro turns the lips of Bridget Bardot into a mechanized image of a kinetic sculpture, fusing pop culture and emerging computer technology. By contrast, in Ice Cream, the Belgian artist Evelyne Axell paints a woman licking an ice cream cone from a radically feminized perspective, at once quoting and challenging notions of sexual desire.

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Antônio Henrique Amaral, Homenagem ao Século 20/21 (Homage to XX/XXI Centuries), 1967. Oil on canvas.

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Edwardo Paoluzzi British 1925-2005 Untitled collage

Eduardo Paoluzzi
British
1925-2005
Untitled collage

 

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Viewing the display

 

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Derek Boshier Special K

 

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Richard Hamilton

 

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Among the other artists featured in International Pop are James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Rosalyn Drexler, and Andy Warhol (United States); Peter Blake, and Pauline Boty (Great Britain); Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter (Germany); Keiichi Tanaami, seen here, and Genpei Akasegawa (Japan); Antônio Dias (Brazil); and Marta Minujín, Dalila Puzzovio, and Edgardo Costa (Argentina); Sergio Lombardo and Mario Schifano (Italy); and Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Martial Raysse (France).

Among the other artists featured in International Pop are James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Rosalyn Drexler, and Andy Warhol (United States); Peter Blake, and Pauline Boty (Great Britain); Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter (Germany); Keiichi Tanaami, seen here, and Genpei Akasegawa (Japan); Antônio Dias (Brazil); and Marta Minujín, Dalila Puzzovio, and Edgardo Costa (Argentina); Sergio Lombardo and Mario Schifano (Italy); and Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Martial Raysse (France).

 

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Roy Lichtenstein, “Look Mickey” (1961)

 

Tom Wesselmann, American Still Life Marisol, American, Venezuelan, born 1930 Dinner Date

Tom Wesselmann, American
Still Life
Marisol, American, Venezuelan, born 1930
Dinner Date

 

Mirasol is among the well-known painters of Pop art. This creation uses painted wood, plaster, textiles, oil on canvas, metal fork, leather boots, paint and graphite.

Marisol is among the well-known painters of Pop Art. This creation uses painted wood, plaster, textiles, oil on canvas, metal fork, leather boots, paint and graphite.

 

Erro Islandic, born 1932 Foodscape 1964

Erro
Islandic, born 1932
Foodscape
1964

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Robb Boland, RBC Wenith Mmgmt, and Dee Davis, pose for Explore Philly.

Robb Boland, RBC Wealth Management and Dee Davis, pose for Explore Philly.

 

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Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L & Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Jorge Helft, a contributor to the POP exhibit.

Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Jorge Helft, a contributor to the POP exhibit.

 

Marjorie Strider, American, 1934 Triptych II, Beach Girl

Marjorie Strider, American, 1934
Triptych II, Beach Girl

 

Rosalyn Drexler, American born 1926 Sorry About That about a man who gives another a knock-out punch.

Rosalyn Drexler, American born 1926
Sorry About That
about a man who gives another a knock-out punch.

 

Jana Zelibska Czech born, 1941 Venus, 1967 Mixed Media

Jana Zelibska Czech born, 1941
Venus, 1967
Mixed Media

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art store carries lots of things to buy

The Philadelphia Museum of Art store carries lots of things to buy

 

Still one more view offering Pop art gifts.

Still one more view offering Pop art gifts.

 

These ladies pose for Explore Philly showing off POP wear.

These ladies pose for Explore Philly showing off POP wear.

Omvotedfamily and friends to the Grand Opening.

Family and friends to the Grand Opening.

 

A family poses for Explore Philly.

A family poses for Explore Philly.

 

Family and friends pose at the entrance to the POP exhibit.

Family and friends pose at the entrance to the POP exhibit.

 

Two ladies elegantly dressed for the Grand Opening.

Two ladies elegantly dressed for the Grand Opening.

 

Still other family and friends pose during the Grand Opening

Still other family and friends pose during the Grand Opening

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the exhibition’s only East Coast venue. Catch the exhibit before it’s gone.

Book tickets to the exhibit
February 24 – May 15, 2016

Call 215-763-8100

Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: Main building
open until 8:45 p.m.
Closed Monday except for some holidays

Address:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

 

 

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