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Pop Art famous but rarely seen prints shown at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", from the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1965, color screenprint on paper
Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", from the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1965, color screenprint on paper
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

"Pow!" The Smithsonian American Art Museum is now showing famed but rarely displayed "Pop Art Prints", 37 works by masters including Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol.

Versions of some of Pop Art's most recognizable images now on view in the free exhibit: Lichtenstein's fist-punching "Sweet Dreams, Baby!"; Warhol's prints of a magenta-lipped Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy swathed in widow's black; Indiana's "LOVE"; Oldenburg's "Flying Pizza"... To see a slideshow, click here.

The prints, most from the 1960s, are from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, and are rarely shown. They're selected by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator, who'll conduct a tour of the exhibit on April 9 at 6 P.M.

"Pop-up Pop Art," a hands-on craft activity inspired by Warhol and other pop artists is offered as part of the museum's monthly evening jazz series "Take 5!" in the museum's Kogod Courtyard. For details, check americanart.si.edu/calendar.

Pop Art was a hit from the first show in New York in October 1962. Within a year, museums across the country clamored to exhibit the new art, and collectors swarmed to buy work from the sudden star artists. Many turned to making prints, which were more widely available and affordable than unique works of art, the museum explained.

One lesser-known leader of the Pop Art movement, Tom Wesselman, later commented that money "just came roaring in."

You'll "LOVE" the show.

For more info: "Pop Art Prints", Smithsonian American Art Museum, www.americanart.si.edu, Graphic Arts galleries, second floor, Eighth and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-633-1000 or 202-633-7970. Free. March 21 through Aug. 31.

Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", from the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1965, color screenprint on paper
Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", from the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1965, color screenprint on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", from the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1965, color screenprint on paper

Roy Lichtenstein, "Sweet Dreams, Baby!", in "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.  

Andy Warhol, "Marilyn", 1967, published by Factory Editions, screenprint on paper
Andy Warhol, "Marilyn", 1967, published by Factory Editions, screenprint on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase with the aid of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kainen and the National Endowment for the Arts. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, "Marilyn", 1967, published by Factory Editions, screenprint on paper

Andy Warhol, "Marilyn", 1967, published by Factory
Editions, screenprint on paper. in "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31. 

Andy Warhol, "Jackie III", from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1966, screenprint on paper
Andy Warhol, "Jackie III", from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1966, screenprint on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, "Jackie III", from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume III, 1966, screenprint on paper

Andy Warhol, "Jackie III", from the portfolio 11 Pop
Artists, Volume III, 1966, screenprint on paper. In "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.
 

Robert Indiana, "Love", 1967, screenprint on paper
Robert Indiana, "Love", 1967, screenprint on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis and Linda Kaplan. © 2014 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana, "Love", 1967, screenprint on paper

Robert Indiana, "Love", 1967, screenprint on paper. In "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.
 

Robert Indiana, "The Figure 5", from the portfolio Decade, 1971, screenprint on paper
Robert Indiana, "The Figure 5", from the portfolio Decade, 1971, screenprint on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. © 2014 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana, "The Figure 5", from the portfolio Decade, 1971, screenprint on paper

Robert Indiana, "The Figure 5", from the portfolio
Decade, 1971, screenprint on paper. In "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.

Jim Dine, "Untitled", from the portfolio A Tool Box, 1966, photo-serigraph and collage on paper
Jim Dine, "Untitled", from the portfolio A Tool Box, 1966, photo-serigraph and collage on paper Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase. © 2014 Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jim Dine, "Untitled", from the portfolio A Tool Box, 1966, photo-serigraph and collage on paper

Jim Dine, "Untitled", from the portfolio A Tool Box,
1966, photo-serigraph and collage on paper. In "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.
 

Claes Oldenburg, "Flying Pizza", from the portfolio New York Ten, 1964, color lithograph on paper.
Claes Oldenburg, "Flying Pizza", from the portfolio New York Ten, 1964, color lithograph on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase. © 1964 Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg, "Flying Pizza", from the portfolio New York Ten, 1964, color lithograph on paper.

Claes Oldenburg, "Flying Pizza", from the portfolio New
York Ten, 1964, color lithograph on paper. In "Pop Art Prints" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 21-Aug. 31.