Pop to popism
1 Nov 2014 – 1 Mar 2015
Location: Contemporary galleries
Pop art changed art forever. ‘Popular, witty, sexy, glamorous’, it exploded onto the cultural scene in the 1960s. Pop artists rebelled against ‘high art’ to embrace the new world of advertising, television, film stars, pop music and consumerism. Pop art shocked many but inspired even more.
Spanning three decades from the mid 1950s to the 1980s, this exhibition traces the origins of pop art, its heady high period and its enduring legacy both in Australia and abroad. One of our most ambitious exhibitions ever, it will consume an entire Gallery floor and feature over 200 works, including masterpieces such as Roy Lichtenstein’s In the car and his first-ever comic-style painting Look Mickey, Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis and David Hockney’s Portrait of an artist.
For the first time, Australian artists will be showcased among their international peers, with works such as Howard Arkley’s Triple fronted and Brett Whiteley’s 22-metre-long The American dream celebrating Australia’s pop art movement.
Works have come from 35 lenders around the world including the Andy Warhol Museum, Tate, Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art.
Part of the Sydney International Art Series, Pop to popism is exclusive to Sydney.
$10 child (5-17 years)
$50 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$30/$24 season pass
$7 student in booked school group
Free for children under 5
Sydney International Art Pass
Image: Roy Lichtenstein In the car 1963 (detail) Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, purchased 1980 © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney