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When art learnt to pop: Catch a new show at Mumbai’s NMACC

ByRiddhi Doshi
Dec 22, 2023 06:29 PM IST

Pop: Fame, Love, Power features works by famous pop artists and includes iconic pieces like Warhol's Forty-Five Gold Marilyns and Oldenburg's Dropped Bouquet

It’s a room full of silver helium balloons. But is it art? On the fourth floor of the Art House at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre, viewers wonder the same thing. A gang of college-age students take selfies. A middle-aged couple and two seniors sit on the floor, transfixed. One daring spectator kicks the balloons and swirls amid them. The rest chuckle or smile. Is it art if you can kick it around?

Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture is part of the exhibition at Mumbai’s NMACC. (Robert Indiana, Love (Red Outside Red Inside), 1966 - 1999 © [2023] Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture is part of the exhibition at Mumbai’s NMACC. (Robert Indiana, Love (Red Outside Red Inside), 1966 - 1999 © [2023] Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Lawrence Van Hagen, curator of the Pop: Fame, Love, Power exhibition at NMACC’s Art House, managed by Isha Ambani . (Robert Indiana, Love (Red Outside Red Inside), 1966 - 1999 © [2023] Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Lawrence Van Hagen, curator of the Pop: Fame, Love, Power exhibition at NMACC’s Art House, managed by Isha Ambani . (Robert Indiana, Love (Red Outside Red Inside), 1966 - 1999 © [2023] Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Andy Warhol painted several celebrities, including actor Sylvester Stallone, singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin and designers Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. (Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone,1980 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Aretha Franklin,1986 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Gianni Versace,1979-80 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Giorgio Armani,1981 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Andy Warhol painted several celebrities, including actor Sylvester Stallone, singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin and designers Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. (Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone,1980 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Aretha Franklin,1986 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Gianni Versace,1979-80 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol, Giorgio Armani,1981 © [2023] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Silver Clouds was created in 1966 with balloons inflated with a mix of air and helium. Silver Clouds by Andy Warhol.
Silver Clouds was created in 1966 with balloons inflated with a mix of air and helium. Silver Clouds by Andy Warhol.
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