In the 1960s, while Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were making waves in America, German Pop artists were gaining prominence in Europe. After W.W. II, their country was in tatters, with poverty, homelessness, and famine on the rise. German artists embraced a Spartan aesthetic and ridiculed the trappings—and trap—of consumer culture. In the works of Thomas Bayrle, K. H. Hödicke, Jörg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter, depictions of advertisements, photographs, and everyday objects concealed biting criticism. This exhibition offers an in-depth look at these postwar pop artists. —E.C.
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