American Pop Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:


TFAO references:

As of 3/28/12 TFAO Digital Library contained 391 pages referencing the phrase "pop art"


From other web sites:

American POP! Selections from the CU Art Museum Collection, an exhibit held May 4, 2013 - September 8, 2013 at the Figge Art Museum. Includes images. Accessed 9/14.

The Essential Robert Indiana, an exhibit held February 16-May 4, 2014 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Accessed February, 2015.

Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, an exhibit held Oct. 27 - Jan. 20, 2013 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Includes six videos, plus press coverage. Accessed 8/14

In the Tower: Mel Bochner, an exhibit held June 10 - October 8, 2012 at the National Gallery of Art. Includes audio materials. Accessed March, 2015.

Jump Cut Pop Evans + Fukui + Hammond + Paolozzi + Rosler + Yokoo an exhibit held July 22 - October 4, 2009 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Includes exhibit guide. Accessed December, 2014

"The Mailed Art of Ray Johnson" by Clive Phillpot, from (to read this essay scroll down page to book titled Ray Johnson, then click on link to essay)

ON DISPLAY: The Art of Clint Hamilton, an exhibit held September 20, 2013 - February 15, 2014 at the Grace Museum. Includes exhibit brochure. Accessed 12/14

The Roland Collection presents free online streaming of a 20-minute long Lichtenstein in London and 53-minute long Pop Art: The Test of the Object, directed by Carlos Vilardebo, are available for online viewing without charge as well as free video clips. The Roland Collection says that its web site contains over 7 hours free viewing of streaming video clips, as well as free online viewing of 450 complete films comprising 300 hours, with full length previews being from 9 to 90 minutes long

an Arts4All Ltd. video. Go to ArtsPass > Video on Demand > Arts Pass Library and select "Pop Art! (10:42) The Pop Art movement emerged in the mid-1950's in England and realized its potential in New York City in the youth-dominated, rebellious and turbulent 1960's. Pop Art focused attention upon familiar images of the popular culture: billboards, comic strips, magazine advertisements, television and common supermarket products. The artwork by such artists as Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Max, and Andy Warhol appropriated images from the Beatles, politics, consumerism, technology, popular music, and the fads and fashions of a period that epitomized a generation in history and produced an indelible mark on 20th Century art. Written by Michael Patrick Kelly."

Pop art from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Tom Wesselmann: Pop Artist, or Not, October 22, 2008 by John Wilmerding is emeritus professor of American art at Princeton University and adjunct curator in the Princeton University Art Museum.

WTTW11 is producing a series of original "Artbeat" segments, a regular feature on its nightly newsmagazine Chicago Tonight, to help audiences learn about and connect to the variety of activities that are part of American Art American City. For more than 50 years, WTTW11 has served the Chicago community and beyond as the nation's most watched public television station, earning a reputation for providing outstanding programming in many areas, including the arts. (text courtesy Terra Foundation for American Art). Recent programs include:

Vandepoel Art Collection 05:43 4/7/08

Edward Hopper 12:13 2/21/08

Winslow Homer 06:34 2/14/08

Henry Darger 07:16 1/22/08

Roger Brown 06:31 12/12/07

Jasper Johns 03:58 11/7/07

Alfred Jurgens 07:42 10/18/07



"Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable."

- Leonard Baskin, Publishers Weekly (5 April 1965)

Quote is sourced from Wikipedia.



TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Claes Oldenburg is a 52 minute 1997 video directed by Gerald Fox and produced by RM Arts; London Weekend Television. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen address the critics who question the nature of their collaborative work and Coosje's contribution to it. Claes Oldenburg is a look at the works and life of the artist whose giant soft sculptures based on food and domestic items helped define Pop Art. The video also features contemporaries Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine and other art experts.

Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein, 1961-1986, The. Produced in 1986 on the occasion of an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, this 20 minute Edgar B. Howard/Seth Schneidman video provides a useful overview of the work of this seminal pop artist. Bernice Rose, who curated the exhibition, explains Lichtenstein's styles in different periods, and the artist himself discusses his approach. "This video was produced on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It provides a useful overview to the work of this seminal Pop artist, and it also gets behind the sometimes impenetrably slick surfaces of Lichtenstein's canvases and prints, to show how such works have their genesis... Lichtenstein starts out drawing freehand, and the video shows many examples of his sketches that he later refines into finished paintings. Lichtenstein says about drawings, "It's a way of describing my thoughts as quickly as possible," and those thoughts are often on art history." (video available through Checkerboard Film Foundation, quote from Checkerboard Film Foundation)

George Segal: American Still Life. George Segal's life-size plaster casts command attention in major museums and exhibition halls throughout the nation. This 60 minute 2001 documentary contains archival footage of the Pop Art scene in the 60s and chronicles his life and work through interviews with the artist, his friends, family, and art historians. Amber Edwards. From Kultur Video. George Segal: American Still Life: 60 minutes 2000. "This video chronicles the life and work of George Segal whose sculptures have captured seemingly uneventful moments of life in the form of plaster casts of actual humans. As he says, "It strikes me that daily life is baffling, mysterious, and unfathomable." View Segal at work casting a model in his studio with commentary from friends, critics, art historians, and rare archival footage from the 1960s Pop Art scene."

I Only Want to Paint is a documentary about Pop artist Tom Wesselmann filmed in 2010. The DVD is available through Galerie Klaus Benden.

Jasper Johns, Ideas in Paint, 1989, "American Masters takes a rare look at the life, work, and inspiration of artist Jasper Johns. Dubbed the "Darling of the Art World" by Time magazine in the late 1950s, Johns emerged as the preeminent force on the American art scene when he was only in his late twenties." 56 minutes, color (text courtesy Georgia Museum of Art

Large Scale Projects: Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen is a 60 minute 2000 Museum of Modern Art video whcih covers the works of husband-and-wife artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Follow the couple as they plan and execute various large-scale works, including "Knifeship" at the Guggenheim Museum, "Binocular Building" in Venice, California, and "Spoonbridge and Cherry" in Minneapolis.

Larry Rivers, Public & Private is a 75 minute film from the Museum of Modern Art. Larry Rivers is known for his outspokenness, irreverence, and wit. Here Rivers appropriates images of historically established masterpieces and transforms them according to his personal vision.

Lichtenstein in London: 21 minutes 1968. "By blending actual film of people viewing Roy Lichtenstein's works with comments by them at a 1968 opening in London, this video gives an often humorous slant by revealing just how people react to art. As well, comments by the artist are included to give serious insight into Lichtenstein's approaches as a major force in Pop Art and graphics oriented painting and sculpture."

Making Art "This DVD collection of six video presentations filmed in studios, laboratories, and museum galleries provides rare behind-the-scenes experiences. It introduces art elements such as color and perspective; demonstrates artistic techniques ranging from sculpture to printmaking; and studies conservation issues related to art objects. Artists interviewed include Sam Gilliam, Roy Lichtenstein, and Sean Scully, each at work making art." This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials). Titles are available separately and include: Seeing Color: Object, Light, Observer (27 minutes); Masters of Illusion (30 minutes); Art + Science = Conservation (19 minutes); Introduction to Sculpture (19 minutes); James McNeill Whistler: His Etchings (27 minutes); Roy Lichtenstein: The Art of the Graphic Image (25 minutes)

Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940-1970. A film about how artists think and work as seen through visits to the artists in their studios.  Artists include: Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and others. 116 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Roy Lichtenstein (Portrait of an Artist) is a 49 minute video directed by Chris Hunt and produced in 1991 by Iambic Productions for RM Arts; London Weekend Television; RM Arts. The artist talks about his use of cartoon images, his homage to art history, and his magnified brush strokes theme.

Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections. In this 30 minute 1993 program Roy Lichtenstein offers exciting insights into the artistic process and the source of inspiration. "This video features one of the great pop artists of our time discussing his work, his artistic process, and the sources of his inspiration. Done on location in New York City, Southampton, Long Island, Los Angeles, and Rome, this film features Lichtenstein's large-scale murals, his Reflections series, and his recent Interior series. Conversations with leading authorities on contemporary art complete this portrait of an artist who rose to fame in the 1960s and continues to create art on the cutting edge."

20th Century American Art is a 27 minute video that provides an overview of modern and contemporary art in America through the Whitney Museum of American Art's collection. Starting with art at the turn of the century, it continues through Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism.



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