Pop Art: The John and Kimiko Powers Collection

Pop Art: The John and Kimiko Powers Collection




A giant, soft drum set by Claes Oldenburg, a white alphabet by Jasper Johns, a combine painting with radio attached by Robert Rauschenberg, a composition with a halved peach, a Buick and a naked lady by James Rosenquist, rows of Campbell's soup cans by Andy Warhol, pin-up girls by Mel Ramos, and a graphic explosion by Roy Lichtenstein: the works gathered here pack more of a big bang than a pop. With signature pieces by the movement's stars, the John and Kimiko Powers Collection of Pop Art is considered one of the most extensive in private hands. Accompanied by individual essays on each of the represented artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880154526
Publisher: Gagosian Gallery
Publication date: 03/02/2002
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati in 1935 and made his entrance into the New York art world in the late 1950s. His paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture have since been shown at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Dine has taught art at Yale, Oberlin and Cornell.

Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in South Carolina, where he grew up wanting to be an artist. Emerging in the late 50s as a force in the American art scene, his richly worked paintings of maps, flags, and targets led the artistic community away from abstract expressionism toward a new emphasis on the concrete, paving the way for Pop Art and minimalism. The artist lives and works in New York.

One of the most beloved of American pop artists, Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in New York, and studied there at the Art Students League and later at Ohio State University, during which he completed a three-year tour of duty in the army. His early work was based on American genre and history painting, and took on Cubist and Expressionist styles. His first proto-Pop work was created in 1956; his first pop 'Brushstroke' painting appeared in 1965. Lichtenstein died in 1997.

Born into a diplomatic family in 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden, Claes Oldenburg lived in the United States and Norway before settling in Chicago in 1936, and becoming a citizen in 1953. He studied Literature and Art History at Yale University and Studio Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1956, he moved to New York and met several artists making early Performance work, including George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, George Segal and Robert Whitman. Oldenburgsoon became a prominent figure in Happenings and Performance art during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Over the past three decades, his work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Oldenburg lives in New York.

Mel Ramos was born in Sacramento, California, in 1935. His work has long been considered of the West Coast pop variety and has been exhibited in most major museums around the world.

Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1925. After studying in Paris on the G.I. Bill in his twenties, he returned to the U.S., pausing only to investigate the Black Mountain College art scene before taking on--and swiftly conquering--New York. He had his first solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery in his early thirties, and quickly went on to become one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Rauschenberg is represented in every major museum collection, and many retrospective exhibitions of his work have toured the globe--including a thematic one at the Guggenheim Museum in 1997. In 1970, he moved to Captiva Island, off the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he still lives and works.

James Rosenquist was born in 1933 at Grand Forks, North Dakota. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1944 and he began to study art four years later. In 1955 he won a scholarship to the Art Students' League in New York, where he first met Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Claes Oldenburg. During his first years at the school he painted small-format abstract paintings and worked part-time as a driver. His next job saw him made head billboard painter at the ArtKraft -Strauss Corporation; around that same time he produced his pivotal large-scale work President Elect by combining J.F.K.'s face with sex and automobile imagery. The rest is Pop Art history: Rosenquist's first one-man exhibition in 1962 at the Green Gallery sold out. Three years later he made what has come to be considered one of his most important works, the 26-meter-long F-111. In 1968 he was given his first retrospective by the National Gallery of Canada.

Tom Wesselmann was born in 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an art student at New York's Cooper Union, Wesselman was a devotee of the Abstract Expressionists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Realizing that Ab Ex had already been taken to its apex, Wesselman turned far away, to the artifacts of the everyday world, to Pop. He lives in New York.

Germano Celant is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum. He has published extensively on Robert Mapplethorpe and the rich art historical past referenced in the photographeris work.

Dave Hickey has written for most major American cultural publications. Formerly executive editor at Art in America, Hickey's publications include Prior Convictions (1989), The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). Hickey received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1994. He is currently associate professor of art criticism and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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