Friday, January 23, 2009

Neo Pop

"Pop was the term coined by the English art critic, Lawrence Alloway in 1956 to describe the work of a new generation of British and American artists who reacted to the then entrenched position of Abstract Expressionism by creating an art which was a response to the post-war phenomenon of the new, rampant consumer environment. Artists like Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg, took the mundane stuff of everyday living - Television, packaging, Magazine ads, comics, billboards and the like and elevated it to the status of High Art.

We live now at a time when most of the major Art movements of the latter part of the 20th C, including Pop, are being revisited, re-examined and re-cycled by new generations of younger artists who have been weaned on a diet of irony, quotation and post-modern-theory.

Neo-Pop gathers together the work of a number of these new-generation artists and allows us to see how their current practice comments upon and further extends the Pop genre into the first decade of the 2Ist C." - John Buckley 2008
John Buckley Gallery
8 Albert Street, Richmond
Exhibition: Wednesday 3 December 2008 - Saturday 7 February 2009
Note: Closed for Summer recess: 21 December 2008 - 27 January 2009. Exhibition program re-commences 28 January 2009 with the N E O P O P exhibition

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