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SuperReal: Pop Art from the AGO Collection

Andy Warhol
Elvis I and II, 1963-64
silkscreen ink, spray paint (silver panel) and acrylic (blue panel) on linen
each panel: 208.3 x 208.3 cm (82 x 82 in.)
Gift from the Women’s Committee Fund, 1966
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, inc. / SODRAC (2015)

Claes Oldenburg
Floor Burger, 1962
Canvas filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes, painted with latex and Liquitex
4 ft. 4in. (1.32 m ) high; 7 ft. (2.13 m) diameter
Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Purchase 1967
© 1962 Claes Oldenburg

Exhibition dates

September 14, 2016 – March 5, 2017



The Pop artists on display in the Edmond G. Odette Family Gallery didn’t just document the popular; they confronted it. To quote painter James Rosenquist, “I’m amazed and excited and fascinated about the way things are thrust at us… things larger than life, the impact of things thrown at us.” Artists analyzed the effect on the human psyche of mass media, of celebrity culture and of the immediate access everyone seemed to have to a wealth of new products and information. The result: the use of everyday objects, huge pictures and grossly inflated reproductions in surprising materials. With these strategies, Pop art managed to lay bare the insatiable materialism, gluttony and excessive visual stimulation of this new world.

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Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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