Image/Fame/Memory @ Irvine Contemporary

As Saturnalia is coming to an end, Irvine Contemporary, on 14th and P St., will be hosting a mind-blowing collection of photography and mixed media from Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, and Kate Simon, along with a few new works from Shepard Fairey derived from shots by Simon and Name.

If you’ve enjoyed the content and perspectives from Ennui thus far, you know that the Pop Art movement is a precursor to much of the dialogue on street art today. As a response to the increasing subjectivity and concentration on reduction to bare artistic elements like form and structure, Pop Art was a direct backlash both to abstract expressionism and its perception of “the artist.” At the core of this movement is the timeless Andy Warhol, along with a slew of photographers and documenters that are represented in this exhibit.

Kate Simon, portrait of William S. Burroughs

Although these photographers were deeply embedded in Warhol’s immediate strata of artists and personalities, their portraiture and photography each reveal unseen depth in creating and illuminating mythos behind the lens. Image/Fame/Memory won’t be one to miss.

If you’re in the DC area, try and catch the opening night of the Image/Fame/Memory show at the Irvine Contemporary on March 11. We’ll hopefully be able to send some correspondents and do a more detailed exhibit visit feature in the near future.

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