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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Have A Pop Art

I've been a fan of Pop Art since I first discovered Coca-Cola. What? Wrong type of pop art? Do you mean those those things you put in a toaster? Those are Pop Tarts? I thought those were those skankily dressed singers like AKB48.

Like me, couldn't you just Lapp it up? AKB48. The best pop tart you've never had.
What the hell IS Pop Art? It's a celebration of western consumer culture... or at least that's what 1960s Satire-artist (satirist?) Andy Warhol made it out to be with his Campbell's Soup Cans… paintings I am sure he got rich off, sort of as the anti-antithesis of western commercialism.

Andy Warhol's soup - there it is. It makes me want to have a pizza.
At the Tate Modern between September 17, 2015 - January 24, 2016, those thirsty for art can sate themselves with the: The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop exhibition.

The Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art. I am unsure how a modern art gallery can showcase material that is soon to be 50 years old and hardly modern, but I suppose it has more to do with the art style than actual age.

Featuring the Doll Festival - the iconic 1966-masterpiece by Shinohara Ushio, the Tate Modern is hosting a retrospective showing on Pop Art…

I am unsure how a modern art gallery can showcase material that is soon to be 50 years old and hardly modern, but I suppose it has more to do with the art style than actual age.

The exhibition looks to teach how Pop Art was far more than a mere poke in the jowls of U.S. commercialism...

... and does so by highlighting artwork from differing countries (and artists) with examples of Pop Art that utilized such in-the-news topics as politics, the body, public protest and so much more.

The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop exhibition describes Pop Art as a subversive way to protest.

I suppose... certainly one could protest without tear gas and earn a few shekels to boot.
The Doll Festival, by Shinohara Ushio... hmm... those Japanese all do look the same.
As anyone who wasn't around in the 1960s could tell you, that was one fugged up decade. Why not "in the 1960s"? Because, I am told that "if you can remember the 60s, you really weren't there."

Pretty cheeky and quite possibly a nod to all the LSD being dropped at the time, but whatever… I'll allow it, because it's such a witty statement!

I remember the 1960s, but I suppose it's more of a commentary of being there versus BEING there.

Although I did most of my comic book back issue purchasing in the 1970s and 1980s, the books I purchased were those from the 1960s... and was where I learned a bit about Pop Art... as comic books are a form of that art movement.

Avengers #20 & 22 from September and November of 1965 - just a couple of 50-year-old books from my collection. You can see that Marvel Comics added the Pop Art designation to the left top corner. Cover art on #20 by Jack Kirby, who also penciled the cover on #22, with inks by Wally Wood.
Anyhow… for more information on the art exhibit, which has a whole lot more example of global Pop Art, visit the Tate's website by clicking HERE.

Excelsior!
Andrew Joseph

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