By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - The first exhibition in the Vero Beach Museum of Art's Titelman Gallery will be an art explosion of color and culture.
"Pop Art Revisited: A 21st Century Perspective," will be on display in the new gallery from Sept. 29 to Jan. 2. The exhibition is made of various private and public collections and was organized by the museum.
Visitors will be able to see examples of the art movement that swept across the U.S. and Great Britain in the 1950s. Cultural icons, advertisements, comic books and other objects from popular culture shaped the art of that era, said Jay Williams, curator of exhibitions and collections for the museum.
The museum's galleries were closed for the summer during construction, which included installing a new heating and cooling system, renovating storage space and adding a new gallery space, he said.
Thirty two works of art will be in the collection, including some from a recent bequest to the museum.
In her will, museum patron Hilde Babin bequeathed a piece by one of the "godfathers" of pop art, Jasper Johns, and two examples of Andy Warhol's work, Mr. Williams said.
"We are delighted to include these three works in the show," he said.
Other prominent artists in the pop art era whose art will be included in the exhibition include Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist.
"There's going to be a lot to see," Mr. Williams said.
The history of the art movement is quite intriguing and putting together the collection is one way to educate the public on how art has changed over the past 50 years.
In the time of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and the others, people, even art critics expected art, even modern art, to look a certain way. Immediately before to the pop art movement, the Avant garde art movement was abstract impressionism, with artist such as Jackson Pollock taking central stage, Mr. Williams said.
Pop artists took inspiration from common things, such as, soup cans and billboards, which confused many people.
"It's very interesting to look back today, because we just accept that a source of inspiration can come from anywhere. It shows you how far we've come in the past 50 years," Mr. Williams said.
Two other exhibitions will open this fall at the art museum.
"Landscape Paintings of Adam Straus" will open to the public on Sept 15 in the Schumann Gallery. The paintings in his exhibition are mysterious and ambiguous in nature.
"Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera," will open Oct. 13 in the Holmes Gallery. The show will demonstrate part of the artist's process, which involved using real models for his iconic works.
For more information about museum exhibits or special events, visit www.verobeachmuseum.org.