Pop art originated in Britain as a parody of Americas plastic and monstrously extravagant consumer culture. In the early 60s, Americans made pop art their own, the critique became something more innocent and un-self-conscious in technicolor prints that faithfully transcribed the countrys cornucopia without necessarily commenting on it. Meantime, France sprouted its own branch of pop art. Called Nouvelle Figuration, it is perhaps best exemplified in works by Italian artist Valerio Adami on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) from Tuesday through January 9. Adamis dream-like scenes blend elements of surrealism with the bright mono-colors and striking 2-D surfaces of pop art. And he depicts philosophical and cultural themes, often portraying great thinkers like Nietzsche, Shakespeare, and James Joyce.
Also on October 12, the Boca Museum opens Romanticism to Modernism: Graphic Masterpieces From Piranesi to Picasso, which runs till April 17 and showcases whole collections of drawings by Picasso, Whistler, and several other of the greatest artists in history.
Tue., Oct. 12; Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, noon. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Jan. 9, 2010