Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture: Critic Christopher Knight

  • A thorough analysis of the specific images chosen by Pop art's leading artists demonstrates that Pop's actual subject is art culture, not pop culture. Commercial imagery drawn from mass media provided a relevant visual language with which to explore a wide range of traditional subjects in painting and sculpture, both Modern and historical. There's a reason that Andy Warhol chose soup for his first suite of Pop paintings. That reason is not, as the artist slyly claimed, that he ate soup for lunch every day. Join Los Angeles Times art critic, Christopher Knight as he explores the Pop inventory that instead turns out to be an extensive catalog of other art. This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.