Current exhibition

Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection

02.16.2024 - 09.15.2024

Originating in England in the late 1950s, the Pop art movement took hold in the United States after receiving support from critics such as British writer and curator Lawrence Alloway, who coined the term “Pop art” in 1958. Alloway also organized the seminal 1963 Guggenheim exhibition Six Painters and the Object, which introduced the movement to the American public. He had initially considered titling the exhibition Signs and Objects, a phrase chosen for this presentation of works from the Guggenheim collections.

Encouraged by the economic vitality and burgeoning consumerist society of post–World War II America, artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol explored the visual language of popular culture—the term from which the art movement derives its name—taking inspiration from advertisements, pulp magazines, newspapers, billboards, movies, comic strips, and shop windows. The cool detachment and harsh, impersonal look of Pop art signaled a direct assault on the hallowed traditions of so-called high art and its emphasis on the personal gesture, or free-flowing brushwork, which had been championed by Abstract Expressionists of the previous generation, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. The works in this exhibition, presented with—and sometimes transformed by—humor, wit, and irony, may be read as both an unabashed celebration and a scathing critique of popular culture.

Galleries: 201, 202, 203, 204 and 208
Curators: Lauren Hinkson and Joan Young

Roy Lichtenstein
, 1965
Oil and Magna on canvas
172.7 x 142.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift of the artist, 1997
Photo © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved.

Virtual Tour

We’d like to invite you to enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition SIGNS AND OBJECTS. POP ART FROM THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION. This tour includes all the works and didactic texts in the show.

The Exhibition

Rosenquist scaled 1

James Rosenquist
b. 1933, Grand Forks, North Dakota, d. 2017, New York
Flamingo Capsule, 1970
Oil on canvas and aluminized Mylar
290 × 701 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa GBM1997.9
© James Rosenquist Foundation, Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Bilbao, 2024

Josephine Meckseper
b. 1964, Lilienthal, West Germany (now Lilienthal, Germany)
Afrikan Spir, 2011
Steel-and-glass vitrine, fluorescent lights, and acrylic sheet; taxidermied bird; glass and metal jewelry; inkjet print, mounted to acrylic; glass, stainless steel and copper scouring pads, and feathers on steel pole; acrylic pedestal; mannequin leg and stocking; acrylic on framed mirror; acrylic on canvas; and mirror on metal stand
202.2 × 202.6 × 50.8 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Theodor and Isabella Dalenson 2011.35
Photo: Ariel Ione Williams, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
© Josephine Meckseper, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024

de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle
b. 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, d. 2002, La Jolla, California
Untitled, 1979
Wax crayon, acrylic, and colored pencil on fiberglass
67.3 × 125.7 × 62.2 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Susan Morse Hilles Estate 2002.38
Photo: Ariel Ione Williams, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
© Niki Charitable art Foundation, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024

Robert Rauschenberg
b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida
Untitled, 1963
Oil, silkscreen ink, metal, and plastic on canvas
208.3 × 121.9 × 15.9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by Elaine and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation 82.2912
Photo: Ariel Ione Williams
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
© Estate of Robert Rauschenberg New York, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024

Claes Oldenburg A copy2

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Oldenburg: b. 1929, Stockholm; d. 2022, New York
Van Bruggen: b. 1942, Groningen, Netherlands; d. 2009, Los Angeles
Soft Shuttlecock, 1995
Canvas, latex paint, expanded polyurethane foam, polyethylene foam, steel, aluminum, rope, wood, duct tape, fiberglass, and reinforced plastic
Overall dimensions variable
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Partial gift, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, New York 95.4488
© Claes Oldenburg y Coosje van Bruggen Estate

Richard Hamilton
b. 1922, London, d. 2011, Oxford, United Kingdom
The Solomon R. Guggenheim (Black and White), 1965–66
Fiberglass and paint
122 × 122 × 19 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 67.1859.2 Photo: Ariel Ione William, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
© R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024


In the Museum

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Video about The Exhibition