Americana is in full force this summer at Guy Hepner Gallery
“Poppeteers” showcases the sardonic heroes of American Pop, artists that need
no introduction: Andy Warhol
, Keith Haring
, and Roy Lichtenstein
Andy Mouse 1
(1986) reflects the artist’s concern with the marketization
of art, while in Fertility no. 4,
(1983) and Totem
portrays iconic female figures with his trademark agitated line and simplified
forms, suggesting earthly cycles and the birth pangs of life.
No less vibrant are Basquiat’s sketchy, Primitivist
paintings, his Untitled (Head) (1982) offering powerful commentary on
issues of race in America. And then there are the damsels. Warhol’s Marilyn
Monroe 24 (1967) and Liz Taylor (1964) exude Hollywood glamor, in
classic black-and-white and lipstick rouge, respectively; and Lichtenstein’s
quintessential distressed females are bold and noirish, while his Nude with
Blue Hair (1994) re-imagines the nude in graphic Ben-Day dots.
From Lichtenstein’s comic strip characters to Warhol’s
silk-screened celebrities, “Poppeteers” gives an intoxicating and unflinching
glimpse into the icons of the later 20th century, its poets and cultural titans
in the throes of forging languages for the masses.