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Splat, Boom, Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art



Kenny Scharf, The Fun’s Inside, 1983  • Oil and spray paint on canvas, 90 x 108 inches  • Courtesy of Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York   • Photo courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Kenny Scharf, The Fun's Inside, 1983
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 90 x 108 inches
Courtesy of Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Photo courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Splat, Boom, Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art
UNITED STATES
BOSTON  •  Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston  •  Ongoing
 
This exhibition chronicles the evolution of contemporary art that incorporates the visual language of cartoons and animation from the 1970s to the present day. It examines the current phenomenon of cartoon-referenced work by contemporary artists and its connection to the Pop Art Movement of the 1960s. Artists in the exhibition include: Laylah Ali, Keith Haring, Arturo Herrera, Elizabeth Murray, Chris Ofili, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Kerry James Marshall, Enrique Chagoya, and Polly Apfelbaum, among others.

In the 1960s for example, artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Sigmar Polke, and Mel Ramos sought to show the banality and commercialism of American culture through techniques lifted from the mass media. The exhibition examines how the initial critique by U.S. artists of commercialism and isolationism in American culture evolved into a more visceral critique of social issues brought on by the war in Vietnam. By the 1970s, artists such as Peter Saul infused banal icons and visual symbols with text to advance their perspectives on the war, race relations, and poverty.

Organized by Valerie Cassel, Associate Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Splat Boom Pow! is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with contributions by Cassel, Roger Sabin, and Bernard Welt.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


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