Like Chrome City Creative, Pop Art seeks to rethink the norm and create nontraditional traditions. This form of art puts an ironic twist onto pop culture, which in turn shows an extreme understanding of surrounding culture. Therefore, we were thrilled last April when over $400 million dollars worth of iconic 1960’s art was donated to the Art Institute of Chicago--the largest donation in the museum’s history. The 44-piece collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs have transformed the AIC’s tired Contemporary Wing into the most stunning Pop Art Collection in the world. “The New Contemporary” exhibition reflects our love of the unusual--here are our favorites!
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bolsena) 1969
Scratched, written on, and jumbled, Twombly’s masterpiece is a must-see for anyone who believes canvas and crayon go hand in hand. Think a child could do it? Think again--Twombly’s Bolsena series references greek mythology, logistics of the Apollo mission, and the philosophical question of time.
Jasper Johns, Target 1961
Unlike his most heavily noted paintings that feature the American Flag, the Target is not married to any ideology or nation--making it even more visually stunning. The optical-illusion effect mixed with bold primary colors makes Johns’ Target a pop of eye-candy.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92 1981
Feminist photographer, Cindy Sherman poses as a terrified schoolgirl, but it doesn’t look like a pose.This photograph invokes an Alfred-Hitchcock vibe that transcends the still photograph.
Andy Warhol, Liz #3 1963
This painting, valued at over $30 million, is an iconic work in Warhol’s repertoire. Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol were both ridiculed for their participation in the queer community--and that’s exactly what makes the combination of their personas so magnetic. Taylor’s tragic beauty has never read more clearly than it does in Warhol’s warped, overexposed, freakily gorgeous “Liz” series. And yes, it’s even more mesmerizing in person.
Roy Lichtenstein, Artist’s Studio: Foot Medication 1974
Everyone has seen Lichtenstein’s high impact, comic book portraits. However, his rarer, fascinating roomscapes are just as bold. It wouldn’t be a pop art exhibition without a colorful, dotted work of art (and this Lichtenstein is about as good as it gets).