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Guests arrived on the red carpet to swarming paparazzi

Guests arrived on the red carpet to swarming paparazzi. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Throwback Thursday: POParazzi! Celebrates Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol in 2013

May 18, 2017

On June 20, 2013, more than 1,000 guests enjoying their 15 minutes of fame while celebrating the special exhibition Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol at POParazzi!

Life of Pop was the first comprehensive survey of the Albright-Knox’s expansive holdings by Pop art's pioneers, including Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann. The museum acquired many of its works by these artists—now considered icons of the collection—during the height of the movement, between 1962 and 1965.

Installation view of Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol, with works by Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Installation view of Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol, with works by Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Marisol, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Installation view of Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol, with George Segal's Cinema, 1963, and Andy Warhol's 100 Cans, 1962. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Beginning with select works by artists associated with the British Independent Group, a 1950s precursor to Pop art, the exhibition traced the bridge from Abstract Expressionism to Pop’s explosive, colorful, and witty portrayals of the modern world. Transitional works by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg were also featured. In total, the exhibition featured more than 50 works in all media.

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