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Roy Lichtenstein Brushstroke, 1965, Screen print on paper; edition 26/280 22 ⅛ in × 28 7/16 in
Purchased with Art Acquisition Funds; Photography Stephen Petegorsky
©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein  


The UMCA’s collection of American Pop Art looks back on the 1960s and 1970s as a time before the U.S. art world was global, and when it might even be described as regional and definitively New York-centric. Pop art often calls to mind a celebration of postwar consumer culture, but at the same time distorts and critiques the American dream. By blurring the boundaries between “high” art and “low,” these artists presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, and mundane mass-produced objects.


Jasper Johns
Roy Lichtenstein
Claus Oldenburg
Robert Rauschenberg
James Rosenquist
Andy Warhol

Roy Lichtenstein; New York Leo Castelli Gallery (Publisher), American (1923-1997)
Brushstroke, 1965
Screenprint on paper

Robert Rauschenberg, American (1925-2008)
Untitled from the Paris Review Print Series, 1965
Lithograph on paper

Jasper Johns, American (1930- )
Land's End, 1979
Lithograph on Kurotani handmade paper

Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987)
Shoes, 1980
Screenprint and diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper

Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987)
Karen Kain, 1980
Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

James Albert Rosenquist, American (1933-2017) 
Zone, 1972, 1972 
Lithograph on Hodgkinson handmade paper 

Claes Thure Oldenburg, American, born Sweden (1929-2022 ) 
Alternative Proposal for an Addition to the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, 1979 Hard and soft-ground etching, aquatint and spitbite in nine colors on Rives BFK paper