Pop Go the Women: The Other Story of Pop Art
Pop Art almost always conjures up images of Campbell's soup and Ben-Day dots, but there were artists besides Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein that were just as involved with the movement, though they are largely-forgotten. Perhaps not surprising, these artists in the background were women - including Idelle Weber. While the boys were making it big, the girls struggled to gain the same recognition and fame. Art critic and documentary film maker Alastair Sooke sought to shed some light on the missing portions of Pop Art. The documentary also includes artists Pauline Boty, Marisol, Rosalyn Drexler, Letty Lou Eisenhauer, and Jann Haworth.
Unfortunately, streaming is only available in the UK, but here's a clip:
A prolific and extremely talented artist, Idelle Weber was born in 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. Just a few of the institutions that exhibited Weber's work are the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of American Art, and the National Academy of Design. In 2011, Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968, featured Weber along with other important female artists. Sid Sachs developed the book and exhibition for the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and it went on to be presented at the Brooklyn Museum with the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Weber is known for her silhouette paintings, as Dr. Sue Tate jokingly explains in the film, "she was doing Mad Men before Mad Men was, wasn't she?"
Here a few images of Weber's work!
|Lever Building I, 1970|
|Cigarettes in the Office, 1964|
|Law Man, 1963|
|Livingston Street, 1964|
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