A Delightful Pop Art Collection in the Guggenheim Museum
by T.G. Clown
The Guggenheim Museum in New York City (Annex 7) exhibited masterpieces and recent examples of Pop Art. Artworks by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein were collected from New York, Berlin, and Bilbao to complete this exhibit. These works were unframed and displayed on plain white walls. This exhibit explored the imaginary of popular culture, with its heroic images, while representing the technical aspect of painting. It also revealed the abstract expression in an artwork.
Warhol's "One Hundred and Fifty Multicolored Marilyn" (1979), displays many manipulated images of Marilyn Monroe. All 150 images of Marilyn are in different color(s)-some red, some purple, and some are rainbows of color. Furthermore, what is most impressive about this painting is the size. The long horizontal painting occupies a wall with its in-your-face attitude and humor of the American culture.
Rosenquist's "Flamingo Capsule" (1970) and "The Swimmer in the Econo-Mist" (1997-1998) both exhibits everyday-ordinary objects such as lipstick and balloons. However, some objects look very familiar, but we're not able to define or tell what it is. The most impressing aspects about these paintings are the huge-billboard like size, the realistic looking objects, and the warm colors that draws us in.
Lichtenstein's "Grrrrrrll!!" (1965) reveals a comic looking dog that looks straight out at us with an unpleasant expression. The dog looks as if it came out from children's coloring book, but the blue dot background and the yellow floor, stamps as Lictenstein's original. Furthermore, the most appealing painting in this collection was Lictenstein's "Interior with Mirrored Wall." This painting is attractive because of the bold outlined colors that stand out vividly on the white canvas. Everyday furniture is drawn in a comic strip style, the mirror in the painting reflects the contrasting colors. This size of this painting is also very generous. This painting is something that you can stare at and never get tired of.
This Pop Art exhibit was fulfilling even though the collection was somewhat limited. This five collection allowed the viewers to truly study and concentrate on the works, while giving enough room to take in the artworks. Overall the most impressing aspects about the paintings were the size and the vivid colors, which celebrated everyday world of mass media and the American culture.
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