Paul Sutinen reviews the current pop art exhibitions at Portland Art Museum, Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop, for Oregon ArtsWatch. "The Portland Art Museum's Andy Warhol exhibition opens the door to Pop Art, but don't miss the Corita Kent show downstairs," Sutinen writes.
Andy Warhol: Prints is the largest retrospective of the artist's work ever mounted, with over 250 prints that span his entire career, drawn from the collections of Portland philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Sutinen writes, "For me, it is Warhol’s inventiveness with color that makes these images important. I know of no precedent for Warhol’s strong combinations of colors."
The article concludes by drawing upon the similarities between Warhol and Kent, "Corita Kent looked to the complicated world and pulled out meaningful incidents combining the crassness of advertising with more carefully considered poetry and philosophy. Andy Warhol found the crass world of celebrity and brought it to the art world. Both artists succeeded through careful choices and strong graphic design."
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