I just caught the Monet/Lichtenstein exhibit at the LACMA. You get to see 4 of Monet’s famous Rouen Cathedral paintings next to 4 paintings by Lichtenstein interpreting-appropriating the same subject and theme. This was an unexpected surprise (but try explaining the why of it to your 4 year old daughter, as I did). The Monet paintings are seminal in the history of impressionist art. And Lichenstein’s take on them is pure Pop Art.
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Renowned Sixties pop artist Gerald Laing is launching an exhibition of paintings and drawings documenting the public image of the late singer Amy Winehouse. Fifty years ago Laing became famous for his iconic images of Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina before turning his hand to sculpture. His picture of Winehouse kissing then husband Blake Fielder Civil was the first in a series of paintings he produced of the singer. The complete collection of paintings and drawings goes on display at Thomas Gibson Fine Art in London’s Mayfair from October 11th.
THE FATHER OF POP ART, dies at 89. Richard Hamilton, a British painter and printmaker whose sly, trenchant take on consumer culture and advertising made him a pioneering figure in Pop Art, and who designed the cover of the Beatles’ “White Album,” died on Tuesday at his home near Oxford. He was 89.