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MoMA Paintings By Warhol And Lichtenstein Featured In Pop Art Exhibit
MoMA Paintings By Warhol And Lichtenstein Featured In Pop Art Exhibit
MoMA Paintings By Warhol And Lichtenstein Featured In Pop Art Exhibit

June 1, 2017 Updated June 15, 2017

MoMA Paintings By Warhol And Lichtenstein Featured In Pop Art Exhibit

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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will exhibit two special loans from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the exhibition "Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now." Andy Warhol's "Water Heater" and Roy Lichtenstein's "Girl with Ball," both painted in 1961 in New York as opening salvos in the Pop Art movement, will be on view alongside a selection of 14 Pop and Pop-inspired artworks belonging to the Wadsworth Atheneum and two private collections in this exploration of the development and legacy of Pop Art. "Hand-Painted Pop!" will be on view until Sunday, Aug. 13.
Evolving alongside Abstract Expressionism, epitomized by Jackson Pollock's signature drip process, early Pop Art paintings were visibly hand-painted. "Water Heater" and "Girl with Ball" were both painted entirely by hand in 1961, before mechanical processes, particularly silkscreening, came to define the movement. Additional works by Warhol in the exhibition witness that transition, such as "Triple Silver Disaster" (1963), which is screen printed on canvas but still bears visible brushstrokes in the silver background; a set of silkscreened "Marilyn Monroe" (1967) prints on paper are visibly slick and use a range of vivid and unmixed colors.
In a clear departure from abstraction, Pop artists chose representational subject matter, focusing largely on mass media, including newspapers, magazines, film and television. They appropriated (borrowed, self-consciously) imagery and modes of visual expression, as the central message of their work was exploiting popular culture. Lichtenstein and Warhol drew "Girl with Ball" and "Water Heater" directly from newspapers ads; facsimiles of these source images will accompany the paintings. The legacy of appropriation in art will be explored through additional works in the exhibition dated up to the present, all exhibited in conjunction with their source material. Hank Willis Thomas' "Basketball and Chain" (2003) references Nike advertisements from the 1980s; a Sam Durant light box bearing the titular phrase "Like, man, I'm tired of waiting" (2002) is derived from a Civil Rights march photograph; and from Richard Prince's controversial "Cowboy" series, the privately-lent "Untitled (Cowboy) (Rearing Horse)" (1997) is based on a photograph of a Marlboro advertisement published in "Time" magazine the same year.
"As contemporary people, we have complicated views on appropriation. We live in a society that is saturated with image makers-everyone has a camera in their phone," said Emily Hall Tremaine curator of contemporary art Patricia Hickson. "Still, we probably don't view Lichtenstein's meticulously hand-painted 'Girl with Ball' as a copy of a newspaper advertisement for a summer resort, despite the similarities between the painting and that source image. Alternatively, Prince's photograph of the famed cigarette character-the "Marlboro Man"-has given many pause, largely due to the artist's process. So what distinctions are we making? How do we draw the line?" continued Hickson.
"Hand-Painted Pop!" also features works by artists including Robert Arneson, Rosalyn Drexler, Robert Longo, Christian Marclay, Cady Noland, Richard Pettibone, Wayne Thiebaud, Tom Wesselmann and Dulce Chacón.

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum's nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum's five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn.
For additional information, call 860-278-2670 or visit www.thewadsworth.org.