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McMaster Gallery to display works from renowned artists in Castelliís Cabinet

Original works from the NYC Leo Castelli Gallery, known as the epicenter for pop, minimal and conceptual art, will be on display at the University of South Carolina McMaster Gallery Oct. 10 –Nov. 23.

The exhibition will feature original works by Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Joseph Kosuth, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Edward Ruscha, all of whom were represented by the renowned New York City Leo Castelli Gallery.

The McMaster Gallery’s hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The gallery is closed on weekends and university holidays.

Warhol, famous for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker and printmaker, was the leading figure in the visual pop art movement. His most famous works were paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Campbell’s Soup Cans.

Bourgeois, the French-born American artist, gained fame late in her career through emotionally-charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints. With repeated themes centered on the human body and its need for nurturing, Bourgeois’ works influenced young artists, especially women. Among her most familiar sculptures were “Nature Study” and “Fillette.”

Frankenthaler, painter, printmaker and sculptor, was one of the artists who launched the second generation of color field painting, a component of abstract expressionism. Her best-known painting is “Mountains and Sea.”

Johns, who emerged during the 1950s, is credited with laying the groundwork for pop art and minimalism. With his paintings of maps, flags and targets, Johns led the artistic community away from abstract expressionism. Some of his most famous works include “Flag,” “White Flag” and “Target with Plaster Casts.”

Kelly was one of the first artists to create irregularly shaped canvases, and his non-conformity to any artistic movement was influential in the development of minimalism, hard-edge painting, color field and pop art. “Black Ripe” and “Red Blue Green” are among his most famous works.

Kosuth is considered the leading supporter and one of the founders of conceptual art. Kosuth has employed various strategies for his work, including photos with common objects, neon tubing and texts sandblasted in stone. Among his most famous works are “One and Three Chairs,” “Leaning Glass” and “Art as Idea as Idea.”

Lichtenstein, prominent pop artist, used advertising and old-fashioned comic strips for inspiration, producing hard-edged, precise and humorous compositions. “Drowning Girl” and “Whaam!” are among his most famous and recognizable works.

Nauman has worked with a variety of media, including sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance and installation. Some of his most famous works include “Laair,” “Clown Torture” and “Vices and Virtues.”

Rauschenberg is most famously known for his "Combines," which used non-traditional materials and objects. Although he is best known as a painter and sculptor, he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking and performance. Rauschenberg’s works include “Monogram,” “Pelican” and “Open Score.”

Rosenquist, as a painter of large canvases inspired by popular culture, is known as one of the seminal figures of the pop art movement. “F-111” and “Time Dust” are among his most famous paintings.

Ruscha, an artist associated with the pop art movement, has worked in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and film. Ruscha’s works include “Chocolate Room” and “Vanishing Cream.” This exhibition is made possible through the loan of these works from Brenau University Collections.

For more information, contact Mana Hewitt, gallery director, at 803-777-7480 or

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Posted: 10/06/11 @ 5:30 PM | Updated: 10/28/11 @ 3:09 PM | Permalink