Pop Art 1960’s->2000’s: From Lichtenstein, Warhol to the Current Generation

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art

July 8 – September 3, 2006

Saturday Disaster


Oil on linen

63 x 83 inches; 160 x 211 cm

The Little Colonel


Oil on linen

67 x 51 1/2 inches; 170 x 131 cm

This exhibition introduces around 80 works by 32 artists ranging from the pop artist of the sixties in the U.S. such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Edward Ruscha and their contemporaries ― so-called minimalist, to the younger generation spiritually linked to the pop artists in co-operation with the MISUMI Corporation.

We exhibit the works by grouping them into three eras; firstly, we can show the masters of the pop art in the 1960’s and another important artist in the era, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Donald Judd and so on; secondly, the artists who brought new vitality into the paintings in the 1980’s from outside the art world, Peter Helley(deriving the idea from French sociology), and Kieth Harring(bringing the vivid image from the street in downtown); and thirdly, the younger generation who has derived their concepts from the experiences in the urban cities and the suburbs, for example, Kevin Appel, Michael Bevilacqua, Greg Bogin, Ingrid Calame, Carl Fudge, Pamela Fraser, Marina Kappos, Vik Muniz, David LaChapelle, Jennifer Reeves and Suh Do-Ho.