"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."