Robert Williams is Mr. Bitchin’, pure and simple. He’s the balls-to-the-walls fine artist whose skill and style broke down traditional fine art and opened up an entire new genre, now identified as Pop Surrealism, conceptual realism, and by the term Williams himself coined, “lowbrow.” And Williams is an example of the American Dream gone slightly askew, as dreams in the latter 20th century were inclined to do.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday July 28, 2013 6:20 pm|
Big and bold, yet refined and precise–these are the hallmarks of Robert Williams, the breakthrough painter whose works shifted the direction of contemporary art. Monday’s movie, Robert Williams, Mr Bitchin takes us through the painter’s life, with stops along the way to (re) discover the Piltdown Man, King Farouk, hot rods, hippies, sexy women, censorship and the origins of the universe.
|By: Mauimom Sunday May 29, 2011 1:59 pm|
The cover of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice features a dramatic picture of a burning bus and the mug shots of Freedom Riders who’d been jailed in the notorious Parchman Mississippi State Prison. Most of us are familiar with these images. Ray Arsenault’s book provides the stories behind the pictures — and so much more.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday October 2, 2010 7:00 pm|
Los Angeles art as we know it–and as it has been carried through to the rest of the country for the past 30 years–would not have been possible without the skill, genius and vision of Robert Williams. Williams’ work incorporates pop iconography, not just modern pop kitsch like hot rods and lusty ladies–though he executes those beautifully–but ancient symbols, gods, goddesses, historical figures, making each painting a learning experience. It’s eye candy that’s good for you, with enough information to make you think and learn and enough space for viewers to develop their own concepts and thoughts about the work and its meanings.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday April 12, 2010 5:00 pm|
Tanem Davidson’s New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art presents a through line for the development of this uniquely American genre of painting which burst out of Abstract Expressionism through the Pop Art’s screened realism into a chrome flecked, hyper-sexualized, fuel-injected dream state. The icons of childhood–Rat Fink, hot rods, movie monsters, robots, toys, cartoons–conjoin in transgressive, illicit intercourse with tikis, animals, dead presidents, dollar signs, slogans, guns, girls, raw meat, and bombs; characters live in their own universes fraught with action and symbols, caught in moments just before, just after Something Happened.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday February 21, 2010 7:00 pm|
Pop Surrealist Anthony Ausgang’s cover art for the Grammy award winning duo MGMT is stirring up some fan controversy.