"Pop Music and Art"

Curated by Eva Koba

The exhibition will consist of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video installations by 33 artists from the United States and Europe who have been influenced by pop music for subject matter as well as techniques and materials.

The artworks featured in Pop Music and Art mirror this new trend and show the enormous impact of pop music - from hip-hop and techno to 1960s psychedelia and '90s grunge. To express this impact, the artists use different media and styles which range from iconic photorealistic paintings of pop musicians by Dragoslav Milic and Peter Alexander Samuels to black and white pop style portraits by Mather Cohan. They reflect the music stars' apotheosis created by media and the music industry. Allan Linder and Kyle Blumenthal provide headphones with their music-inspired pop art and realistic paintings to allow the viewer to feel the artwork both visually and aurally.

The video artist Rene Gabri expresses the nostalgic aspect of pop music his parents used to listen to. Andrew Demirjian, on the other hand, criticizes the commercialism of today's music industry, whereas Romeo Doron Alaeff explores the effect of sad songs showing a girl crying to the music. The huge industrial space in which the Artists' Gallery is located in Chelsea provides a perfect environment to present the cutting-edge artworks. It also will feature an eventful opening reception with many performances which reflect how artists combine the two worlds - music and art. The event is sponsored by Campari and Jever.

Linder exhibited a series of re-interpreted album covers from the 60s and 70s, including such names as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Dead.
Linder in tie die, painted a blank canvas in fromt of an awe inspiring, packed art gallery while DJ Kai was spinniing his own brand of mixed up funky beats. When the record stopped 30 minutes later, Linder put down his brushes and drank a beer.

"From making sculptures out of melted LPs, to creating album covers and music videos, to playing in their own bands, a new generation of artists is blurring the distinction between the worlds of pop music and fine art", writes art critic Barbara Pollack in the December 2002 issue of Art News.

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