This piece from Tom Wesselmann’s series of maquettes done in the 1990s serves as a strong example of the artist’s period of exploration in Abstract Expressionism.
To create witty, bold, and often deceiving images based on art history, Vik Muniz incorporates unusual and everyday materials such as dust, diamonds, sugar, ketchup, caviar, and wire into his photographic process. The artist borrows from pop culture and Old Masters such as Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh to make his works more familiar, calling this approach the “worst possible illusion”.
Pictured is his 2007 work, Jacqueline, After Picasso.
You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don’t even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect. I loved you because you were marvelous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid.from The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde
I was looking into the vast interior of the universe, as if the universe were quietly turning itself inside out. Stars behind stars and stars behind stars behind stars until there was nothing between them, nothing beyond them, but dusty dim gold of stars and no space and no light but stars. The moon was gone. The water lapped higher, nearer, touching the rock so lightly it was audible only as a kind of vibration. The sea had fallen dark, in submission to the stars. And the stars seemed to move as if one could see the rotation of the heavens as a kind of vast crepitation, only now there were no more events, no shooting stars, no falling stars, which human senses could grasp or even conceive of. All was movement, all was change, and somehow this was visible and yet unimaginable. And I was no longer I but something pinned down as an atom, an atom of an atom, a necessary captive spectator, a tiny mirror into which it was all indifferently beamed, as it motionlessly seethed and boiled, gold behind gold behind gold.A dream sequence from The Sea, the Sea (1978) by Iris Murdoch
This fantastic hand-painted multiple by Shepard Fairey is an homage to Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. The art world’s recent embrace of Street Art as a legitimate genre demonstrates the power of accessible, relatable imagery, and in many ways builds upon the triumphs of Pop Art.