This exhibition feautures works by contemporary artists who borrow and rework to their own ends famous paintings or traditional themes from the past.
The idea of reusing earlier art is not new to the 20th Century, although it seems to have a special appeal to a number of artists working today. Pop artists scorn the inviolability of High Art and, in disregarding traditional notions of proper subject matter, choose commercial or low art. Some show a particular fondness for masterpieces in reproduction—the mass media or commercial version of art with a capital A. Following the Pop artists came the New Realists, who work from photographs. John Clem Clarke, for example, first used slides of masterpieces, but now restages them with his own models, photographs the restaged event, and spray-paints the images on canvas. - Karin Rosenberg, Director of The Renaissance Society
This exhibition consists of twenty-two paintings, drawings, sculptures, and graphics by 20th century artists , including Duchamp, Magritte, Clarke, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein, Jacquet, Chamberlain, Brower, Rivers, Pounders, Cornell, Cuevas, Baum, Deem, and Graziani.