American Pop Art
American Pop Art:From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection
The National Art Center, Tokyo Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
(7−22−2 Roppongi Minato-ku,Tokyo,Japan 〒106-8558)
August 7 (Wed)-October 21(Mon)
Closed on Tuesdays
10:00-18:00, Fridays until 20:00
* last entry 30 minutes before closing
Organized by:
The National Art Center, Tokyo, TBS, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Special Support of:
Embassy of the United States in Japan
With the Assistance of:
Nippon Cargo Airlines, NIPPON EXPRESS,
United Airlines, Campbell Japan Inc., BS-TBS, J-WAVE
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* Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station (C05)
Exit 6 is diredtly linked to the Center
* Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station (H04) 5-minute walk from Exit 4a
* Toei Oedo Subway Line Roppongi Station (E23) 4-minute walk from Exit 7
Exhibition Overview
Colorado based art collectors John and Kimiko Powers are eminent among world collectors of both Japanese and contemporary art. They have contributed greatly to the art scene, particularly through their patronage and collecting of American Pop Art from its early stages in the 1960s. Having been drawn to Pop Art before it was widely acknowledged, and supporting artists at that time, John and Kimiko Powers built up what is today considered one of the world's largest and most comprehensive private collections of Pop Art. After John Powers died in 1999, Kimiko Powers went on with their activities and in 2011 opened the Powers Art Center, dedicated to the study, display, and dissemination of prints by Jasper Johns.

The John and Kimiko Powers Collection includes one of Andy Warhol's most important paintings, 200 Campbell's Soup Cans, as well as representative works by American Pop Art icons Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, and by their precursors Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. There has, however, never been an opportunity to exhibit the entire Pop Art collection, even on its home ground in the United States.

It is generally agreed that American Pop Art is rooted in and is a response to elements of our contemporary culture, from the 1960s to the present, that go beyond the boundaries of art. In Japan, there have been only very few exhibitions introducing prime examples of 1960s Pop Art. The American Pop Art exhibition project originates in the deep desire on the part of Japanese organaizers, along with Kimiko Powers, to introduce the appeal of Pop Art to Japan. The exhibition presents the long awaited opportunity to experience these exciting works by Andy Warhol and other major figures of Pop Art.
Highlights of the Exhibition
Debut showing in Japan of Andy Warhol's 200 Campbell's Soup Cans

The first ever comprehensive exhibition of the John and Kimiko Powers American Pop Art Collection

A vision of the friendship between the Pop artists and a patron who recognized the importance of their work at a very early stage

200 representative works, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and multiples by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Rosenquist, Wesselmann, Rauschenberg, Johns and other major Pop artists active in the 1960s
American Pop Art
Pop Art refers to a 1960s art movement concerned with the subjects of mass production, mass consumption, and popular culture. The expression 'Pop Art' was first used in Britain in the mid 1950s when artworks emerged on themes of mass-produced consumer goods, or depicting typical everyday life surrounded by such objects. The Pop Art movement born in Britain flourished in the United States.

In the immediate post-war period, the United States was the quintessential consumer society. With the flood of advertising and the images that went along with the spread of television and radio, Coca Cola and the hamburger, and other such products became synonymous throughout the world with the United States. Pop artists tried to represent their own experiences of the surrounding society by using the techniques of mass media such as newspapers, comic strips, and advertising, and by depicting the images and incorporating the actual products of mass production. In contrast to the previous generation of artists, the Abstract Expressionists who conceived of the artist as 'hero' and the artwork as a noble or esoteric gesture, the Pop artists connected their art with low culture. They represented 'copies' of mundane objects from everyday life, and appeared to be anonymous as creators.

From around the late 1950s, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns had already been producing works incorporating common objects from everyday life, affixing these to the canvas. Rauschenberg and Johns are referred to as forerunners of American Pop Art that had its groundbreaking debut in the 1962 "The New Realists" exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenguist, and Tom Wesselmann are recognized as the leading artists of the movement.
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