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Margarita Cabrera, Vocho (Yellow)

Margarita Cabrera, Vocho (Yellow) (2004), vinyl, batting, thread and car parts [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 9-Jan 11]

Pop Departures

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Oct 9, 2014-Jan 11, 2015

Andy Warhol, Marilyn

Andy Warhol, Marilyn (1967), screenprint on paper [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 9-Jan 11]

The lasting effects of Pop Art’s gravitas are still apparent in many facets of artistic output, and roughly 50 years after the movement’s heyday, a reflection on its stylistic influences is especially poignant against the backdrop of today’s technological era.

This insightful exhibit, which focuses largely on developments in the United States, highlights some of the key players of the early 1960s Pop Art movement. The work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Ruscha, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and others provides an introduction in the show to the pioneering themes of the era – themes that, using humour and irony, drew from commodification and the image culture while rejecting traditional notions of fine art.

Two other artistic moments influenced by Pop Art are the generations of the 1980s and 1990s, examined here in the context of consumerism and growing individual indulgence. The ’80s produced artists such as Richard Prince and Jeff Koons, with their conceptual and critical responses to popular culture; the ’90s, facing the rise of technology and accelerated communication, saw a renewed interest in classic Warhol ideas.

In the new millennium, contemporary artistic departures include an interest in process-oriented work and the aesthetics of product display. Artists such as Josephine Meckseper, Elad Lassry and Rachel Harrison represent this contemporary aspect in the exhibit. Their work, which includes provocative installation, sculpture and photography, delves into the artificial landscape of shopping malls, the precarious status of art objects, and appropriations that call attention to cultural excess.

Allyn Cantor

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction (1986), gelatin silver photograph [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 9-Jan 11]

 Sun, Nov 9, 2014