Pop goes the West

 

The Eiteljorg Museum continues to stretch the ways we think about Western art with this diverting show featuring two of the most East Coast guys imaginable: Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Who knew these Pop masters secretly harbored dreams of tumblin’ tumbleweeds, wild horses and the lone prairie?

But this should probably come as no surprise. Lichtenstein and Warhol both made careers out of mining American iconography — and what could possibly be more iconic than the American West?

Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters features little-known works that draw on Native American motifs and European modernism for inspiration. Lichtenstein believed Native American art provided a historical base for American art, reminiscent of African art’s relationship to early European modernism.

Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians is a suite of portraits done near the end of Warhol’s life, including images of General Custer, Geronimo, Annie Oakley and John Wayne.

Both shows open Jan. 27 and run through April 15. For more information about the Eiteljorg and related programs, go to www.eiteljorg.org.

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