The collection of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art offers a veritable anthology of twentieth-century American art history, including many masterpieces of the Pop art movement. For the first time, a selection of these works will be presented in Paris, at the Musée Maillol.
In the early 1960s, as America’s economy prospered and consumerism boomed, a new generation of artists reacted against the abstract expressionism of the era. Drawing on techniques commonly used in advertising and comic strips, incorporating textual elements and employing intense, primary hues, Pop artists depicted American life with irony and humour.
This catalogue showcases works by Pop’s most iconic artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Roy Lichtenstein. Also represented are the monumental sculptures and canvases of Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist, and Alex Katz, and numerous lesser-known artists (George Segal, Rosalyn Drexler, May Stevens). Offering unprecedented insight into post-war American art, Pop Art celebrates the power of the image to explore celebrity, the everyday, mass culture and the American Dream.
Paris, Musée Maillol, 20 September 2017 – 23 January 2018