September 11, 1997 |
The task of teaching children the artistic value of a gigantic cushion cheeseburger, a portrait of Mickey Mouse or a gaggle of hanging yellow rubber duckies is daunting at best. But the Children's Museum of San Diego has risen to the challenge with an exhibition exploring the recurrent themes and iconography of 1950s and 1960s Pop Art titled "POP! Goes the Museum / En el Museo."
August 30, 1992
Regarding "Sad Dance With Reality," Charles T. Powers' story on Polish dancer Beata Wiech (Aug. 16): I'm not sure why North Americans view as decadent privilege such expectations as job security, pensions and adequate technical support, but this is certainly the impression that Powers gives. The entry of most dancers into a professional company represents the culmination of eight to 10 years of training; this is true in all nations in all cultures. That in the West they should arrive there riddled with injury and insecurity is nothing to be proud of. "Sad Dance With Reality" portrayed the state-supported dancer as a spoiled brat, used to "sumptuous" productions to which he or she had no right whatever.
September 23, 2007 |
"My art is not pop art," Takashi Murakami once said, correcting an interviewer. "It is a record of the struggle of the discriminated people." The Tokyo native's artwork graces the kinetic cover of Kanye West's new album, the top-selling "Graduation," which, come to think of it, also shakes and bakes social themes in its crowd-pleasing rhythms. Murakami, 36, who has a hotly anticipated show at MOCA opening Oct. 29, is a subversive hero in museums and malls everywhere.
December 11, 2001 |
When Dennis Hopper started taking pictures with his first camera in 1962, he was a struggling actor who had yet to make "Easy Rider" and become synonymous with the rebel culture of the 1960s. But with that $351 Nikon, a gift from his new wife, Brooke Hayward, he not only chronicled his personal life, but also captured the ascent of Hollywood's '60s generation and Pop Art's first.
January 19, 1990 |
High name-recognition value certainly accompanies the show of early graphic work by the late Andy Warhol, which opens Sunday at the Newport Harbor Art Museum. For an art that grew from advertising, it's only fitting. Still, Pop art of the 1960s remains among the most widely misunderstood artistic movements of the 20th Century. It certainly has enjoyed crowd-pleasing notoriety almost from the very start.
August 22, 1993
Out of his corner, windmilling and punching up a storm, comes the poet, critic and gadfly of the art scene, John Yau. He is addressing the 30-year Andy Warhol phenomenon, in decline, perhaps, since a depressed art market and the inevitable leakage of hype out of a posthumous balloon cut the $600 million valuation of his estate by some two-thirds. More generally, Yau's collection of epigrams, apothegms and plain insults buzzes around the wider phenomenon of pop art and post-modernism.
May 12, 1996 |
William Nelson Copley, the witty and irreverent painter and collector of surrealist art who once painted Betsy Ross stripping in front of her design of the American flag and titled it "O Say Can You Sew," has died. He was 77. Copley, who signed his work "Cply," died Tuesday at his home in Sugar Loaf Key, Fla., of complications from a stroke. He had retired to Florida about five years ago.
May 20, 1988 |
Tim Ebner formerly made 2-by-2-foot house paint color chip panels fitted with Velcro backs for easy rearrangement into suit-the-decor, do-it-yourself grids. They were a conceptualist post-mortem on originality and painting as we traditionally define it. The same ideological current runs through his recent, pristinely elegant "paintings" made from vertical arrangements of brightly colored fiberglass bands. Each work is composed of separate stripes of glossy plastic.