Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris
Sept. 15, 2013 – April 27, 2014
4th Floor Community Gallery
Presented by Dollar Bank
Artist Burton Morris puts an energetic and colorful spin on today's culture. In his post-Pop style, Morris boldly projects an enticing mood of high energy and optimism portraying images that people relate to in everyday life.
The 3,000-square-foot Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris exhibition, presented by Dollar Bank, is the first retrospective of Morris' work.
Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris features more than 100 works of art including early art and drawings from Morris' childhood, signature painted works, product lines such as his Pittsburgh ties, sculptural work, and interactive works of art developed in conjunction with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Born in Pittsburgh and trained at Carnegie Mellon University, Morris was inspired by comic strips and magazines as a child, and later found himself drawn to the art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, and Red Grooms.
Morris first gained national attention in the mid-1990s when his artwork was chosen to hang on the set of the NBC hit television series "Friends." Over the years, his artwork has been selected for the 76th Academy Awards®, the Paris World Cup Soccer Games, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, and the 2006 MLB All-Star Game.
He has created signature artwork for some of the most popular international brands, including Absolut Vodka, the H.J. Heinz Company, Chanel, the Kellogg's Corporation, and Pop Tarts. Morris' artwork has also helped to raise millions of dollars for charities worldwide.
Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris chronicles Morris' career and his impact on the Pop Art movement, as well as casting an energized, fresh vision of this region to the world through the Pittsburgh icons that Morris reinterprets.
The History Center is the first Pittsburgh museum to do a major exhibition of Morris' work.