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.

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
Lilienthal, Alemania Occidental (actualmente, Alemania), 1964
Afrikan Spir, 2011
Vitrina de acero y vidrio, luces fluorescentes y lámina de acrílico; pájaro disecado; joyas de vidrio y metal; impresión de chorro de tinta montada sobre acrílico; vidrio, estropajos de acero inoxidable y cobre y plumas sobre barra de acero; pedestal de acrílico; pierna de maniquí y media; acrílico sobre espejo enmarcado; acrílico sobre lienzo; y espejo sobre peana metálica
202,2 × 202,6 × 50,8 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York, donación, Theodor y Isabella Dalenson 2011.35
Foto: Ariel Ione Williams, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva 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
Port Arthur, Texas, EE. UU., 1925–Captiva Island, Florida, EE. UU., 2008
Sin título, 1963
Óleo, tinta de serigrafía, metal y plástico sobre lienzo
208,3 × 121,9 × 15,9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York, adquirida con fondos aportados por Elaine and Werner Dannheisser y The Dannheisser Foundation 82.2912
Foto: Ariel Ione Williams, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva 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
Londres, 1922–Oxford, Reino Unido, 2011
El Solomon R. Guggenheim (Blanco y negro) [The Solomon R. Guggenheim (Black and White)], 1965–66
Fibra de vidrio y celulosa
122 × 122 × 19 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York 67.1859.2 Foto: Ariel Ione William, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nueva York.
© R. Hamilton. Todos los derechos reservados, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024