Pop Art Icons: Warhol/Oldenburg/Lichtenstein [3 Discs] [DVD]

In the mid-late 1960s, when such figures as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg arrived on the contemporary art scene, their extreme modes of visual expression cut so violently against the grain of the establishment that few spectators knew what to make of them, and critics responded with predictable dismissal. Creations such as Lichtenstein's oversized comic strips, Warhol's Marilyn Monroe heads, and Oldenburg's transformation of consumer items into art all served as hallmarks of this period. This compilation presents three episodes of London Weekend Television's documentary series The South Bank Show, each devoted to profiling one of the said artists, and each one hosted by Melvyn Bragg. Claes Oldenburg was done in 1996, Andy Warhol in 1987, and Roy Lichtenstein in 1990.
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Special Features

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  • Trailer


Roy Lichtenstein
Each episode of Portrait of an Artist offers an intimate peek at the life and work of an important figure in the world of art. Not just a dry discussion of the major works, this video is an exploration of the environment that produced the artist and influenced his or her work. From interviews with family and friends, to short trips to the artist's favorite haunts, no stone is left unturned. In this particular episode, viewers explore the life and work of Roy Lichtenstein, one of the prominent figures of the pop movement. Focusing on his 1993 career retrospective at the Guggenheim, this video explores the work of the man who so effectively combined four-color comic-book art with the sensibility of Seurat. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

Andy Warhol
A documentary featuring the founder of pop art. Andy Warhol is represented through his work and through interviews. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

Claes Oldenburg
Pop Art icon Claes Oldenburg achieved fame in the 1960's for his large scale sculptures of food and other ordinary household items. He went on to continually challenge the public's perception of the boundary between artistic objects and pedestrian ones -- between art and life -- through numerous soft sculptures, ambitious public monuments and performances, and a wealth of fantastically original drawings. This irreverent documentary and retrospective of his work (including collaborations with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen) features an inside look at the artist's studio, the construction of his Giant Houseball in Petaluma, California, and interviews with leading dealers, critics, and artists such as Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein. ~ Sarah Welsh, Rovi

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