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The Great American Pop Art Store: Multiples of the Sixties
Born in a time of the British Invasion, space exploration, bomb detonation, and presidential assassination, popular culture in the 1960's defined America as the decade in which we became a world power, driven by consumer wants. The time was ripe for national change in the political world and the art world. Material possession was at an all time high, and the race was on to keep up with the Joneses. The exhibition, "The Great American Pop Art Store: Multiples of the Sixties," which opens June 2 and runs through August 13, 2000, is a celebration of the period.
The subject matter of the Pop Art multiple, an editioned original, usually made using mass-production techniques, was instantly recognizable and widely available. Pop artists took a commercial approach to their work by elevating common, everyday objects such as Campbell's Soup cans and Brillo Pad boxes into art with super-real depictions. It was their hope to break down the barriers between art and life by making their new art accessible to a wider public. Along with the untouchable Hollywood mystique of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, Pop Art celebrates both the extraordinary and the mundane.
Works by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and many others will be featured--112 works in total. Images of Marilyn Monroe, Campbell's Soup, Brillo Pads boxes, slices of bread, baked potatoes, and many other pop culture icons appear in fun and unexpected forms. Come celebrate the everyday aspects of life as they get their 15 minutes of fame with "The Great American Pop Art Store: Multiples of the Sixties."-- you will leave seeing the world in a very different way.
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