Pop (Art) Goes the World

This is such a fun exhibit and a great show for the Wichita Art Museum.

I have a minor in Art History and always love to see the new exhibits at the WAM. 

My favorite art period is the Bauhaus, with Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian, my top two artists.  That Impressionist art led to the post-war movement in the 50’s and 60’s known as Pop Art, my second favorite period.     

Warhol’s Jackie 111 – WAM

It combined bright colors and focused on everyday items like pop music, comic books, and advertisements.  Think Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans or Marilyn Monroe portraits.  

Richard Hamilton once described the style as, “Pop art is popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.”

WAM’s “Snap, Crackle, Pop” offers a look at several Pop artists including two of the most famous: Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

I don’t want to give the entire exhibit away.  It’s not gigantic.  It’s in one of the smaller galleries, but if you want to see the works of some famous artists, this is a fun one to check out. I’ve included just a few pictures of some of the pieces in this story.

Lichtenstein’s Fish and Sky – WAM

I love the Lichtenstein look. In 1984 Alan Parsons Project used his style in the video for “Don’t Answer Me.” Which to this day is still a favorite of mine.

Warhol’s Portraits of the Artists – WAM

I mention a lot of favorites in this one. Is that arrogant or is it acceptable for the storytelling?

Lichtenstein’s Reverie – WAM

The exhibit is short lived, but these pieces belong to WAM, so they will probably “pop” up again in the future.  The exhibition runs through October 23, 2022.  So go check it out, hopefully it will be a favorite of yours too!  

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