On the Edge of Pop
January 23- July 8, 2007
On the Edge of Pop presents a selection of paintings, sculpture and prints that examined the movement in America from the mid 1960s into the 1970s. Included in the exhibition were works by Pop icons like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Indiana. They were among the style’s founders and were later joined by numerous other artists including Robert Cottingham, John Clem Clark and Mel Ramos.
Pop established a new order of symbols, images and content that evolved overtime. The style originated in the late 1950s as a reaction to the intensely personal and gestural look of Abstract Expressionism. Pop artists de-emphasized their role in making art by often using mechanical techniques usually associated with mass market processes. Their images were often appropriated from popular culture and, as a result, much of the general public greeted the new work enthusiastically.
It was no coincidence that Pop Art appealed to the youth and pop music cultures of the 1960s and as these cultural movements developed and grew, the style and content of Pop broadened and became more mainstream. Magazine covers and the advertising within, record album cover art, and book jacket art were among the everyday objects that both utilized and inspired Pop images and design esthetics.