In 1962, Andy Warhol's fascination with consumer goods took form in sculptural objects. The three examples of Brillo Box in this exhibition are among the first of the wooden boxes onto which Warhol silkscreened brandname packaging.
Girl in Window
One of the pioneers of Pop art in the 1960s, Roy Lichtenstein drew his subject matter from a broad range of sources, including comic books, newspaper ads, and historical works of art. Lichtenstein did not borrow these pre existing images wholesale but translated them into his own idiom, "using those symbols to make something else," as he put it.
In 1951 and 1952, Jackson Pollock created a series of black enamel paintings, among them Number 18, 1951, which marked a shift from the colored "drip" paintings he made from 1947 to 1950. The all-over composition of the drip paintings gave way to a monochrome calligraphy, set against a white ground.
Blue,Yellow,Green on Red
In 1950, Mark Rothko had begun painting classic abstractions of multicolored rectangles on and within contrasting fields of color. Upon viewing Blue, Yellow, Green on Red, one has an immediate impression of a serene, luminous presence, at once gentle and chromatically powerful.
Since the early 1960s, Claes Oldenburg has developed a distinctive iconography through works based on common objects. He has cultivated this subject matter through families of related forms, which he executes in a broad array of media and scales.
Jasper Johns has 32 works in this gift. Like many artists in the 1960s, Johns drew subject matter for his art from his immediate surroundings. Johns, a fan of Dada sculptor Marcel Duchamp, inverted Duchamp's notion of a ready-made by fabricating a work of art that resembles a found object.