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Drinka Pinta Milka 1962
Royal College of Art, London, UK
© Derek Boshier Photo: The Bridgeman Art Library
Niki de Saint Phalle
Black beauty 1968 from the series Nana
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, purchased 1982
© Niki de Saint Phalle/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
JW Power Collection, University of Sydney, managed by Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1987
© Keith Haring Foundation
Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Spalding Dr. JK Silver Series) 1985
Courtesy Murderme © Jeff Koons
Déjeuner sur l’herbe (diptych) 1964
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1983
© Estate of Alain Jacquet/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
White numbers 1957
New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson Fund.
© Jasper Johns. Gemini GEL. All rights reserved. Licensed by VAGA/Viscopy, Sydney
Photo: Scala, Florence
Kitchen range 1961‒62
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1978
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
John Wayne 1963
Collection of Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Julianne Kemper Purchase Fund, Debutante Ball Purchase Fund
© Marisol/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Leopard chair 1963
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1978
© Claes Oldenburg
Superknit 1 1969
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, purchased 1981
© Robert Rooney, courtesy Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Art Gallery of NSW collection, gift of the Art Gallery Society of NSW and Ed and Danna Ruscha with the support of Gagosian Gallery 2013
© Ed Ruscha
Nine elements 1963
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, purchased 1983
© Joe Tilson. All rights reserved, DACS/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Photo: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Marilyn Monroe 1967
Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. Licensed by ARS/Viscopy, Sydney
Photo: Bridgeman Images
A painted page 1: Twiggy by Richard Avedon 1979
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Michell Endowment, 1982
© Jenny Watson, courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery
Derek Boshier Drinka Pinta Milka 1962
For this painting Derek Boshier was inspired by everyday things that we buy and the advertisements for them. The name of this painting is from a slogan encouraging people to drink milk; and the milk pouring from the glasses is from an advertisement for Cadbury chocolate.
Do you think the faceless people look as if they are being drowned by a flood of advertising?
Niki de Saint Phalle Black Beauty 1968
How do you feel when you look up at this sculpture?
Niki de Saint Phalle has made a huge sculpture of a woman wearing a fashionable 1960s dress with matching handbag and shoes. The artist has made her as a proud modern woman but who also looks like an ancient goddess, with her exaggerated shape and small head.
What sort of personality do you think she would have?
Keith Haring Untitled 1982
What type of creature do you think this is?
Keith Haring made graffiti art in the New York City subway of figures and animal-like shapes using bold lines and colours. His style became popular and soon his art was seen in galleries around the world. His characters often look like they are moving in time to the rhythm and sounds of the city.
What sounds could this creature be moving to?
Jeff Koons Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Spalding Dr JK Silver Series) 1985
Do you recognise the objects in this artwork?
Jeff Koons likes to make us look at everyday objects in new ways. These basketballs are suspended in liquid in what looks like a fish tank. The balls appear to be balanced and still; but are they floating or sinking?
Stare at the basketballs for a moment. Can you see them move?
See also Popism
Alain Jacquet Dejeuner sur l’herbe (diptych) 1964
Do you like going on picnics?
Alain Jacquet has given a pop makeover to a famous old painting by Edouard Manet of people picnicking in the woods. He has updated the setting and the fashions.
Jacquet has printed a photograph onto the canvas with a dot technique used to print magazines.
Can you see how the dots of colour overlap to create new colours?
See also Euro pop
Jasper Johns White numbers 1957
How many numbers can you see in this painting?
Jasper Johns has created rows of numbers across the canvas using thick coloured wax, called encaustic, to make a textured surface. Even though he has only used shades of white, you can see the numbers because of the layers, ridges and shadows.
Can you see the numbers better when you are up close or further away?
Roy Lichtenstein Kitchen range 1961‒62
Do you bake at home?
Roy Lichtenstein painted this kitchen stove filled with baked food. He has used just two colours, and the tiny dots make it look like an advertisement in a magazine. He painted the dots by hand and you can see the pencil marks he drew before he added the paint.
Can you spot a cupcake painting nearby in the same style?
Marisol John Wayne 1963
Have you ever ridden a horse or pony?
Marisol made this sculpture of a famous American actor called John Wayne riding on a colourful horse. She has used carved wood and plaster casts of her own hands to make the sculpture. Notice how John Wayne appears in different clothes and poses on the sides of the central block.
What type of movie characters do you think John Wayne played?
Claes Oldenburg Leopard chair 1963
Do you think this chair would be comfortable to sit in?
Claes Oldenburg’s chair has shape and form, but looks flat and distorted. Oldenburg is well known for his sculptures of everyday objects. He changes their shape and what they are made
of so we look at them in new ways.
What room would this chair look good in?
Robert Rooney Superknit 1 1969
Have you ever tried knitting?
Robert Rooney was inspired by the instructions in a knitting-pattern book to create this large abstract painting. He has used flat, contrasting colours of the same intensity that make it look like it is vibrating.
Stare at the painting for a moment. Can you make it ‘move’?
Edward Ruscha Gospel 1972
Have you noticed that pop artists often use words in their art?
Ed Ruscha painted the word GOSPEL across the canvas, pierced by real arrows. ‘The gospel’ is the story of the life of Jesus and if we say something is ‘gospel’ we mean it is completely true. Perhaps this is a painting about how art can tell stories or represent things that are true.
Would this look as unusual and effective if Ruscha had painted the arrows rather than used real ones?
Joe Tilson Nine elements 1963
How many things can you see in this artwork?
Joe Tilson has created a wooden construction that is about words and symbols, and how pictures can communicate an idea. Each section is about different ideas, such as time and chance; or a sense, such as sight, sound and touch.
Can you guess what each section means?
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe 1967
Which colours do you like best in this series of faces?
Andy Warhol is one of the most well-known pop artists. He was fascinated by fame and famous people. He created these prints of the actor Marilyn Monroe in many different colours to look more like they came from a factory than an artist’s studio.
Would this artwork have the same impact if there was only one version of Marilyn?
Jenny Watson A painted page 1: Twiggy by Richard Avedon 1979
Have you ever tried to paint a picture by copying from a photograph?
Jenny Watson has painted a famous model from the 1960s called Twiggy, from a printed photograph. Watson has placed the image into a grid of squares, each painted with distinct brush marks. The result is a mixture of original and copied.
Do you think a copy of a copy can be original?