Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

There’s still time to see Pop Life: Art in a Material World. The groundbreaking exhibition ends September 19.

Ottawa - September 2, 2010

Acclaimed by the critics as “brilliant”, “vivid”, “innovative” and “impressive”, the National Gallery of Canada’s summer show, Pop Life: Art in a Material World, will close on September 19 – in a little less than 20 days. The exhibition is an unprecedentedly comprehensive survey of the way in which contemporary art and artists negotiate the art market and the broader cultural realms in which art is seen, critiqued bought and sold. Pop Life is also a unique opportunity for audiences to discover the many nuances of an almost unexplored chapter in recent art history.

Beginning with a highly original rereading of Andy Warhol’s later period and its influence on contemporary art, Pop Life: Art in a Material Word represents the most audacious look to date at the blurring of the lines between art, culture and the market. Pop Life proposes that the most radical lesson that emerged from the Warhol era is the way artists in our time have not simply represented or commented upon our culture of mass media but have participated in commercialism and infiltrated the publicity machine and the cult of celebrity. Pop Life is a timely, intelligent and unprecedented examination of how some of today’s best known living artists – including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring, and Richard Prince – have created highly successful careers by exploiting the media, the marketplace and mainstream culture.

Organized by Tate Modern, London, in association with the National Gallery of Canada, Pop Life: Art in a Material World brings together more than 250 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos and installations by some of the most renowned and important contemporary artists. It is curated by Jack Bankowsky, Editor at Large for Artforum; Alison M. Gingeras, Chief Curator of the Pinault Collection; and Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern.

Pop Life stars at the NGC Bookstore
The National Gallery of Canada’s Bookstore is offering a wide range of Pop Life exhibition-related merchandise, as well as many items signed by artists Takashi Murakami and Keith Haring: wristwatches, t-shirts, water bottles, pins, cushions, coffee mugs, crests and other collectibles. Those who want to learn more about the artists whose works are showcased in the exhibition, can buy the accompanying catalogue as well as books on Pop art and a number of the artists featured in the exhibition. Purchases can be made on site at the Gallery or on line at http://www.shopngc.ca/.

Opening Hours
Until September 30, the NGC is open every day, from 10 am to 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Thursdays.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the largest collection of Canadian historical and contemporary artworks in the world -- the imposing collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. It also houses the most prestigious collection of European Art in Canada from the 14th to the 21st century, important American, Asiatic and Aboriginal artworks, and a world-famous collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role on the Canadian cultural scene for more than a century. One of its chief missions is to increase access to excellence in art works for all Canadians. To do this, it offers the largest travelling art exhibition programs in the world. For more information, go to www.gallery.ca.

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For further information, contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Officer, Public and Media Relations
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations National Gallery of Canada