What do Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenberg have in common?
They are the mainstays of the Pop Art movement that began in the 1960s/1970s.
Roy Lichtenstein parodied societal roles of men and women through his comic book inspired paintings.
Iconic Marilyn, Campbell’s soup can, and Elvis images are seared into our minds ensuring Andy Warhol’s fame persists beyond 15 minutes.
Claes Oldenberg raised the mundane objects of our lives into modern megaliths with his clothespin, trowel, typewriter eraser and other humongous sculptures that dominate any place they are erected.
Through their outrageously-magnified imagery, slick pop idol aggrandizement, and advertising-inspired style, Pop Art artists reveal our endless fascination with stereotypical roles, consumerism, and celebrity-culture.
Seduced by their captivating images of our insatiable hunger for more, we can’t turn away.
So it is with the Seattle Art Museum’s Pop! Departures exhibit—you’ll be entranced by the skill of these artists, enjoy the familiarity of famous paintings, and see some new pieces.
I particularly liked Margarita Cabrera’s series of soft-vinyl sculptures of domestic appliances and an almost full-size VW bug as well as a Claes Oldenberg’s rendering of a huge faucet-shaped fountain pouring water into Lake Union.
Perhaps Paul Allen could bring this one to fruition?
The exhibit runs through January 11, 2015.
With this blog, I’m including a few of my own creations.
Be forewarned, your images will show up on a large, flat-screen TV in the SAM’s lobby.
To your 15-minutes of SAM-provided fame!