Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two 1959 People

While I was working at Brandeis University this past Summer, I had to deliver a lot of packages to the back of the Rose Art Museum. but never got to actually go inside and see any of the Art. Today I went down to Waltham to check it out. They're having an exhibit by Lisa Yuskavage, who, it turns out, paints rather disturbing female nudes in a rather billowy & cartoony way. (I won't post any samples here, so you'll have to look them up yourself, if you must.) 

Another exhibit had 60's Pop-Art by Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Just as was I walking in, they were starting a presentation on one specific painting by Rosenquist, "Two 1959 People". A professor from the Art Department went on and on for almost an hour, just about this one work. Apparently it was intended to be a biting take on Consumer Culture, which, maybe back in 1963, it was. But now? I'll grant you that it is mildly unsettling, but hardly a masterpiece -- bearing in mind that anyone of us could produce a similar collage on our home computers in about a half hour. See for yourself:

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