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Entries in Pop Art (9)


Pino Pascali: Arte Povera

Pino Pascali - Bridge - 1968 - Steel wool and wire - 39 3/8" x 26' 3" x 35 7/16" (800 x 100 x 90 cm) - MoMA, New York (click photo for larger image)Arte Povera (Italian for "Impoverished Art" or "Poor Art”) was is label for a small group of artists in Italy who were experimenting with nontraditional and politically charged art, in the 1960s and 1970s.

These artists created and explored modes of expression such as ephemeral art, performance art, installation art and assemblage, using what have been referred to as “poor” non-art materials. These techniques have since become extremely common tools in contemporary art; in fact this is one of the reasons that such a small and short-lived movement continues to have such relevance today.

One of the clearest influences on the group was the work of Dada artist Marcel Duchamp (discussed elsewhere on What About Art?). His "Readymade" sculptures, especially his infamous "Fountain" urinal, have the same kind of subversive power that Arte Povera artists aimed to achieve.

Pino Pascali (1935-1968) was part of the Arte Povera movement. He used everyday, natural, and unorthodox materials in his work, including cans, steel wool, hay, and dirt. His "fake sculptures" appear to be solid structures but are actually shaped canvases whose forms suggest animals, plants, and landscapes. 

The work featured here, Bridge, has the appearance of a primitive rope bridge. But it is constructed of steel wool, a modern industrial product. This is the most ambitious of the works in Pascali's last series, entitled Reconstructions of Nature. "I do not believe you make shows in galleries," Pascali said, "you make the gallery, you create the space."

Pascali is also known for his Weapons series, re-creations of guns and cannons assembled from found materials and painted army green. His inspired works were an important contribution to postwar art within his short lifetime.


Wayne Thiebaud: Pop Artist or Not?

Wayne Thiebaud - Bakery Counter - 1962 - Oil on canvas - 54 7/8 x 71 7/8 in (139.4 x 182.6 cm) - Private collection (click photo for large image)Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) is an American painter who it’s been said was a pop artist before there was Pop Art! Some scholars, however, would disagree with that characterization. Nevertheless, Thiebaud’s most famous works are of objects of mass culture--such as baked goods, toilets, lipsticks and toys. Read a fascinating article on Thiebaud and his work.


Duggie Fields - “A Maximalist”

Duggie Fields - Self-Portrait (click photo for larger image)Duggied Fields - First Family - Paintings (click photo for larger image)Multi-talented artist British artist Duggie Fields was born in Tidworth, England, in 1945. He spent his youth in the English countryside with his family, then briefly studied architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic.

In 1964, Duggie studied at the Chelsea School of Art for four years, before leaving, in 1968, on a scholarship that brought him to the USA.

Duggie’s work certainly is well placed in the realm of Pop Art, alongside such masters as Andy Warhol and Roy Lictenstein, although Duggie’s art is sometimes referred to as “post pop”. His work embodies an enormous range of iconographical and thematic influences, ranging from the traditional to kitsch. Everything intersects beautifully in his work--which Duggie refers to as “maximalist”.

Take a magical journey through this fascinating artist’s wonders on his website. Duggie Fields lives and work in London. His art is featured in a variety of contexts and venues internationally.


Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

Roy Lichtenstein - Jar and Apples - 1980 - Oil and Magna on canvas - 36 x 40 in. - Private collection (click photo for larger image)Anyone who’s planning on being in Washington, D.C. in the near future should check out this great exhibit! “'Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective', the first major survey of the artist’s work since his death, at 73, in 1997, is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, where it is being presented in 14 thematic sections.”


Lichtenstein was definitely the most sophisticated of the Pop artists of his day. This exhibit promises to be a fascinating presentation of his work.


LA MoCA Pulls Out of Richard Hamilton Retrospective

Glorious Techniculture - Richard Hamilton (British,1922–2011)British printmaker and painter Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) is regarded by many as the original pop artist.

“The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, has pulled out of a Richard Hamilton retrospective, after the abrupt departure of its long-standing chief curator, Paul Schimmel at the end of June. Schimmel is the co-curator of the Hamilton exhibition.”