The Little Art Seeker saw for you an amazing exhibition dedicated to Pop Art in the beautiful and old-fashioned musée Maillol.By the way ,the museum is located in one of the most beautiful diistricts in Paris :the 7th one and after the exhibition ,we suggest you to roam around in the streets full of charming shops , many of them promoting our delicious food!
In 1931,the sculptor and benefactor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney museum of American Art,to support American Artists who deserved the public attention and were innovative in their artisitic approach.
She established the Whitney studio in Greenwich Village in 1914.By 1929 she had assembled a personal collection of more than 500 works.She offered her collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art ,but her offer was refused.So she decided to transform what had been previuosly an exhibition and social center into a museum.The Whitney museum of American Art opened in November 1931 in Greenwich village with a mandate to focus exclusively on the art and artists of the current century.It now houses a collection of over 220000 works created by more than 3,000 artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty- first centuries.
The works exhibited inside the musée Maillol come from the permanent exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art.Is Pop Art essentially American?In 1963,the artist Roy Lichtenstein said that Pop Art was above all the result of a booming ,post -war capitalist economy ,before being the representation of a National identity.The main Pop Art artists were Americans and their works revealed their critics of the mass consumption and of the American dream.
Within Pop Art,the human figure is sometimes stripped of its individual attributes.There are no clue to betray the personality of the owner ,subject and object have seemingly merged into one.
Allan D’Arcangelo’s painting of Jaclie Kennedy and her daughter ,Caroline ,is a silhouette of a faceless mother and child that lacks the distinguishing features expected from a portrait.Jackie appears with the halo of the American people’s Madonna.Idolized by the media and in official portraits she is no longer seen as a subject but as a cult object.
During the sixties,Richard Lidner realized a work with feminine figures looking like ridiculous valkiries .Though Lindner refused to be assimilated to the Pop Art movement,his impactful graphic approach and his bright colors remind an advertising poster.
The Little Art Seeker,loved Rosalyn Drexler’s painting who as a woman involved in the Pop Art movement produced a marginalized and too long ignored work..In isolating the silhouette on a dark background,Drexler transforms ,one year after the death of the most famous actress of her time,a press photography into a moving allegory.Marylin Monroe is represented as a tormented woman ,victim of men’s desire.The artist mixes painting and photography and the result is really interesting oscillating between nightmare and onirism.
Pop Art remains ambivalent.Contemporary critics accuse it of being too easy,arguing that it requires neitheir sensibilty nor intellectual effort from the artist or the viewer.These critics reveal the Pop Art’s strength:its immediacy,lack of nostalgia and absence of transcendence enable the artists to unmask some disturbing and yet seductive aspects of culture .
The works presented appear too tightly framed,the formats a bit too big and the colors to artifiacial to be considered « high art ».In Alex Katz’s work or that of Georges Segal ,the reality of the modern world becomes similar to a stage set where people merely features as props.
Pop Art is according Robert Indiana « the American dream,optimistic ,generous and naïve ».
The exhibition ends upon the Pop Art’s icon:Andy Warhol.Warhol was inspired by press images,representing celebrities ,artists and personalities.In Nine Jackies ,he uses three different photographs of Jackie Kennedy,representing her just before her husband’s assassination,during his funerals and during the ceremony where the vice president ,Lyndon B.Johnson,took an oath.
Maryin,in 1967 was inspired by a promotional portrait made for the movie »Niagara » .Realized after the actress’death in 1962 and printed following the changes of bright colors,this image reflects both her glamorous life and career and her tragic death.The images depicted by Warhol and the manner he treats them, deeply reflect the way the media translate the hopes,desires and bereavements that impregnate the American culture of the sixties.
The Little Art Seeker really enjoyed this beautiful exhibition and warmly recommnends it to you.See you soon!!!