Pop Culture: Yayoi Kusama, Alison Van Pelt, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Ruscha, Keith Haring, Claes Oldenberg, Andy Warhol, Yoram Wolberger at Mana Contemporary. Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation curated by
Billie Milam Weisman, in conjunction with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF),
Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R.
Weisman Art Foundation explores the roots of the Pop
Art movement in the 1950s and ‘60s and its continuing influence.
When the Pop Art movement first began in the mid-1950s, artists sought
to challenge traditional conceptions of art making by incorporating
aspects of consumer culture and everyday objects into their work.
Artists during this period transformed those icons
associated with mass media, comic books, and popular culture into
visuals that often reflected a growing societal infatuation with
consumerism. When it originated,
the Pop Art movement strove to ironically emphasize
images representing the kitschy or clichéd elements of a given culture.
Today, contemporary artists have elaborated on the traditions
established by the
Pop artists who created an aesthetic that reflected
the changing needs and interests of varying societies.