American Pop Art: the John and Kimiko Powers Collection
Little did John and Kimiko Powers know when they were living in NYC in the swinging sixties that the small-time artists they were rubbing shoulders with and buying art from would turn out to be some of Pop Art’s biggest names, while their then humble wall-spread would come to be one of the most extensive and valued Pop Art collections in the world. However, art aficionados have certainly realised this now and accordingly, Tokyo is celebrating the couple’s enviable stash with a comprehensive exhibition at the National Art Center.
The highlight for many will be Andy Warhol’s iconic 200 Campbell’s Soup Cans canvasses which are appearing in Japan for the first time, however many other influential works will be on display, like a giant, soft drum set by Claes Oldenburg; Jasper Johns’ white alphabet; a combine painting with radio attached by Robert Rauschenberg; a peach, Buick and naked lady composition from James Rosenquist; and of course, a graphic explosion by the illustrious Roy Lichtenstein. But above all, this exhibition is a vision of the friendship between a group of artists and two patrons who recognized the importance of their work from the very beginning. Who knew that Pop Art would make such a Big Bang? John and Kimiko Powers!