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"Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from The
Museum of Modern Art
2001-06-23 until 2001-09-03
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO,
The exhibition Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from The Museum of
Modern Art presents some 90 works highlighting the pivotal role played by printed art in the Pop
aesthetic. Works by well-known American artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert
Indiana are shown alongside European contributions by Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Martial
Raysse, and Gerhard Richter.
Organized thematically, the exhibition addresses some of the prevailing
subjects that preoccupied Pop artists, including mass media, consumer culture, politics, and erotica. The
exhibition begins with proto-Pop examples by artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg,
Daniel Spoerri, and Christo, all of whom rejected the abstract style favored in the 1940s and '50s, and
instead took objects from everyday life as their subject matter.
Pop's early development in Europe and the United States coincided with a resurgence of interest in
printed art. The recycling of media imagery, the embrace of industrial technologies, and populist ideas
about art that characterized Pop meshed perfectly with the multiple possibilities, low production costs,
and commercial media associated with printmaking. At the same time, a number of new screenprint
workshops arose in Europe and the United States to cater to artists' growing demand to work in this
previously commercial medium.
Airplane I (Flugzeug
printed in color;
1/16 x 31 1/2 inches;
The Museum of
Modern Art, New
Epstein and Richard
A. Epstein Funds.
1966 Gerhard Richter