Robert Indiana (1928 – 2018) was closely associated with the hard-edged painting and Pop Art movements. Using the formal vocabulary of advertisements, his work often explores the power of words and numbers. In Purim: The Four Facets of Esther II (1967), he represents Stars of David and elements of the Biblical story of Esther, who was Queen of Persia in the fifth century BCE. Esther saved her fellow Jews from destruction, the feat to which Indiana refers in the fourth panel.
The Jewish Museum (where this photo was taken) commissioned this print in an edition of ninety for its annual Purim fundraising ball in 1967.
Leila Heller’s multi-floor midtown gallery is wrapping up its Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture exhibit on Saturday, but we had one last chance to check it out this week, when WhiteWall Magazine sponsored a fun party encompassing the three floors on which the exhibit is installed. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne made sure that the open bar was stocked with its delicious Brut Rose, and every body had a great time!
Pop Sculpture / Pop Culture is an exhibition of select three-dimensional works from leaders of the Pop Art sculpture movement, on view since September 18th and closing November 15th at Heller’s 43 West 57th Street location.
Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden
The exhibition presents a wildly impressive selection of iconic sculptures by the most prominent Pop sculptors from the 1960s to the contemporary artists whom they have influenced.
Here are few of our favorite pieces from the show!
Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Can (Chicken with Rice)
Robert Indiana, AMOR
Keith Haring, Untitled (Two Dancing Figures)
Jeff Koons, New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polisher
Claes Oldenburg, Ice Cream Display
Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Chair & Ottoman
Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Excessive Sensual Indulgence
Shelter Serra, Nine Fake Guns
Bertozi & Casoni Cover
The above is a glazed ceramic replica (and embellishment) of Warhol’s iconic Brillo Box. Clever!
Keith Haring, TV Head; Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Body Armor
Parviz Tanavoli, Heech
If you don’t already have plans for Saturday the 15th of November, maybe the Leila Heller Gallery at 43 West 57th street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) is the place to be?
Love Park (official name: JFK Plaza) is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed Love Park for Robert Indiana’sLove sculpture which overlooks the plaza. The Love Park fountain is often dyed colors throughout the year to commemorate or celebrate events. Here is has been dyed Pink as the kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (annually in October).
Geoffrey and I spent a few hours this afternoon uptown at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art blowing our minds at their current exhibit, Summer of Love, which is so amazing it will make your head explode. We were able to get in free with my ID card from work, but it’s totally worth the $15 admission. One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the “Roomful of Mirrors,” while Geoffrey couldn’t stop talking about this one installation “Phantasy Landscape Visiona II,” by Verner Panton, which he repeatedly referred to as “The Vagina Room.”
If you can get to NYC you should visit this exhibit as many times as humanly possibly before it ends.
Summer of Loverevisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early ’70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Richard Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol, among others. As well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations. The art in the exhibition is conceptualized through a wealth of documentary material highlighting events, people and places; from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival to Timothy Leary to the UFO nightclub in London.