Roy Lichtenstein, Still Life, from the Geldzahler Portfolio, 1997, screenprint, 98.102.7. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
The phenomenon known as Pop Art emerged amid the proliferation of media imagery and consumer goods in the 1950s and ’60s. Artists adopted the sources and techniques of commercial culture, such as comic books and billboards, sometimes with little transformation. Pop at the Palmer examines this heterogeneous embrace of popular forms through ten prints from the permanent collection. Andy Warhol’s fascination with the power of celebrity and the blurred boundaries between art and commerce play out in several screenprints recently donated by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Pop’s roots in the ironic gestures and disparate juxtapositions of Dada are explored with works by Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. Pivotal Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, and James Rosenquist also feature in the exhibition.