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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

David Hockney, I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing, 1963, oil, ink, graphite, transferred printing ink on canvas, 122 x 122 cm (48 1/16 x 48 1/16 in.). Gift from the Volunteer Committee Fund, 1984 © David Hockney, Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

David Hockney, Picture of Melrose Avenue in an Ornate Gold Frame, 1965, colour lithograph, edition of 85, 76.8 × 56.5 cm (30 1/4 × 22 1/4 in.). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Milrad, 1982 © David Hockney, Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Exhibition dates

September 14, 2016 – ongoing



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.

In the Robert and Cheryl McEwen Gallery, David Hockney offers a raw image of homosexual love, a tender portrait of a pregnant friend, and a wry commentary on art collecting. In 1963, Hockney moved to Los Angeles. That same year he made the large autobiographical painting that portrays humanity's alienated condition while citing a poem from American Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1892). Compared to the work of other Pop artists, Hockney's art is intensely personal.

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Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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