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On to Pop – MoMA

On to Pop is an installation showcasing a selection of pop art highlights from the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

In 1955, the influential critic Clement Greenberg published the essay “American-type painting”, which summoned the abstract, non-referential imagery and monumental scale of Abstrace Expressionist canvases as the most advanced for of painting then practiced.

In the same year, Jasper Johns painted an American flag, a similar iconic emblem belonging to the world of every day things. Made in wax encaustic and enlarged with collage, the work’s tactile surface and allover compositional structure engaged the visual language of Abstract Expressionism and pointed it in a new direction.

This exhibition features the familiar objects and images we encounter in our daily lives. As well as John’s Flag, the installation also includes other famous pieces like, Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe and Roy Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl. Collectively these works helped to define American Pop Art, a dominant scene in New York in the 1960s.

Showing Wednesday 29th September 2010 – Monday 25th April 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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