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Montreal goes Pop!
His name is often said in the same breadth as Andy Warhol’s and yet Tom Wesselmann is the only major Pop Art player that has never had a North American exhibit dedicated to his work. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (or MMFA) has just changed all of that with the opening of Tom Wesselmann: Beyond Pop Art on now through October 7. Described as “the world’s most famous unknown artist” by the MMFA’s curator of contemporary art, Ohio-born Wesselmann (who died in 2004) is particularly renowned for his Great American Nudes which were largely inspired by paintings by Matisse, Mondrian and Picasso. He’s also known for his Still Lifes of everyday Americana, many of which incorporate advertising like posters, billboards and neon signs to everyday objects like plastic flowers and TV sets. The hugely colourful exhibit features 180 major works. Admission: adults 26- 64 $15, seniors $12, young adults 13-25 $9, under 12 free. Reduced rates on Wednesdays between 5 and 9pm. (800) 899-6873; mmfa.qc.ca. [CC]
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