Pop to popism
Roy Lichtenstein In the car 1963, oil and magna on canvas, 172 × 203.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, purchased 1980 © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
The most extensive exhibition of pop art to be showcased in Australia, Pop to popism will be presented at the Gallery this summer as part of the 2014-15 Sydney International Art Series.
Pop art was defined as ‘popular, witty, sexy, gimmicky and glamorous’. The first truly international art movement – pop art – exploded in the 1950s and 60s, exploring the pop culture world of advertising, film, television, music and mass-produced consumer goods. It irrevocably broke down the boundaries between high culture and popular taste, changing art forever.
Pop to popism explores both classic pop art and the new wave of artists in the 1970s and 80s who built on the legacy of classic pop to both celebrate and critique consumer culture.
Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said, ‘This will be the most comprehensive survey of pop art to be seen in Australia and reflects the decisive role played by pop in the development of contemporary art. The exhibition will present Australian pop artists alongside their international peers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe and extends beyond the period of classic pop art into the eighties, giving audiences an insight into pop’s enduring legacy both here and abroad,’.
Pop to popism is among the most expansive and ambitious exhibitions ever undertaken by the Gallery and will consume an entire floor with over 200 works on display by 70 artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha,Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Tracey Moffatt, Howard Arkley, Martin Sharp and Brett Whiteley.
The works featured in Pop to popism have come from 35 lenders around the world including the Andy Warhol Museum, Tate, Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art as well as private collectors. Such icons as Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis 1963, Roy Lichtenstein’s In the car 1963 and his first ever comic book painting Look Mickey 1961, David Hockney’s Portrait of an artist 1972, Robert Indiana’s Love cross 1968 and Howard Arkley’s Triple fronted 1987 will be on show.
1 Nov 2014 – 1 Mar 2015