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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."
September 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alain Jacquet, 69, a French pop artist known for his reinterpretations of famous paintings, died Thursday of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the French Embassy said in a statement. Jacquet's work often reflected the sensibilities of Pop Art, which emerged in Britain and the United States in the 1950s and '60s and drew on advertising, comics and other pieces of popular culture. He also revisited well-known artworks from previous eras. One of his best-known paintings recasts the impressionist giant Edouard Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe," which depicts a female nude picnicking with two fully clothed men. In Jacquet's version, they are replaced by a gallery owner, an art critic and a painter.
March 6, 2011 | By David Pagel, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over the last 40 years, William Leavitt has made a name for himself as an influential artist while staying so far out of fame's spotlight that his hard-to-categorize works have been all but invisible to the public. That's not how it works in Hollywood, where fame and fortune go hand in glove. Nor is it how it often goes in the art world, which has become so infatuated with market-savvy celebrity that making a name for oneself has become an art unto itself ? and not a particularly interesting one. But Leavitt is a misfit.
December 23, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Pop artist Tom Wesselmann, known for his large-scale paintings that mix elements of fine art and advertising and for his compositions in which classically posed nudes vie for attention with household appliances and product labels, has died. He was 73. A longtime resident of New York City, Wesselmann died Friday at New York University Medical Center after complications from heart surgery, according to Emilio Steinberger of the Robert Miller Gallery, where Wesselmann recently exhibited his work.
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.
May 5, 1996 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
'I'm a very Colombian artist. Let's put it like that," Ana Mercedes Hoyos said in a telephone conversation last week from her studio in Bogota. "I was born here and I was raised here, but I was very fortunate because I have traveled since I was a child." Faced with the familiar dilemma of Latin American artists who yearn to cultivate their roots but also to flourish in the international art scene, Hoyos, 52, has been unusually successful.
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.
July 11, 2010 | By Jessica Hundley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was a year ago, late on a June gloom Venice afternoon, when I last sat down with Dennis Hopper. We had been working for over 18 months on a publication of his photographs for Taschen Books. It was our last meeting before the book went to print and he was reading, with a mix of curiosity and bemusement, a biography I had written for the publication. It is not an easy thing to sit beside an icon and watch him read a summation that you've written of his entire existence. But Dennis, thankfully, had a sense of humor — particularly about himself.
May 20, 1988 | MARLENA DONOHUE
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.
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