Not since the Picasso exhibit have I been so taken by a Seattle Art Museum feature exhibit. Pop Departures is opening tonight, and you're in for quite the treat, Seattle. Curator Catharina Manchanda took us on a media tour of the exhibit, which highlights the work of American Pop Art icons Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldbenburg and Robert Indiana. My favorite piece is from New York artist Mickalene Thomas; 'Hair Portrait' is for sure inspired by Beyonce and Lauryn Hill although she won't say exactly who.
There's a packed calendar of events around Pop Departures and other new SAM exhibits this fall, including Takashi Murakami works at Seattle Asian Art Museum, talks from featured exhibit artists, Warhol movie showings and of course, SAM Remix. Hard to choose just a few favorites, but because I don't want to spoil the exhibit I whittled it down. Enjoy!
Pecan Pie, Claes Oldenburg / The Electric EAT, Robert Indiana
Hair Portrait, Mickalene Thomas
Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol
American Mall, Josephine Meckseper
Pink Panther and St. John the Baptist (back), Jeff Koons
Attila the Hun, Nam June Paik / Untitled (Not Cruel Enough), Barbara Kruger