Warhol & Lichtenstein at the Monterey Museum of Art

Warhol & Lichtenstein at the Monterey Museum of Art

Pop Icons: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Monterey Museum of Art to host a new exhibition, Pop Icons: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, October 29, 2011-February 26, 2012 at the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940.
Andy Warhol
Pop art is an art movement that began in the United States and Europe in the late 1950s and 1960s in which artists used mass production and incorporated commonplace elements from popular culture, such as advertising logos, comic book imagery and kitsch. Pop Icons at the Monterey Museum of Art features works on paper by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein—two of the leading artists associated with the pop art movement. Additional featured artists include Red Grooms, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Allen D’ Arcangelo.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was most prolific in the 1960s and early 70s which resulted in many of his most iconic works. Building on the Pop Art movement, Warhol drew upon his background as a commercial illustrator and began painting every-day commercial objects. As a teenager, his interest in the pop culture was fed by reading the tabloids, a habit that continued as an adult. His fascination for the famous manifested in the creation of iconic paintings of super-stars such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is a pop art painter whose works portray certain trivialities of contemporary American life. Through the 1950s, Lichtenstein used the basic techniques of abstract expressionism to express themes such as cowboys and Indians and paper money. In the early sixties, he was influenced by Picasso, Mondrian, and Monet, yet, impressed by the work of a colleague; he turned to the comic-strip and cartoon style for which he is known today.

Concurrent exhibitions opening on October 29, 2011 at the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada are John Haley, Abstract Expressionist Paintings and Enrique Chagoya a renowned painter and printmaker.

For more information visit www.montereyart.org or call 831.372.5477.