In the late Fifties and early Sixties, a handful of artists -- most notably, Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol -- elevated Pop Art and became its acclaimed leaders. Among them was James Gill, whose work was the first of the groups to be hung in major museums and who was lauded as the art worlds Next Big Thing.
Then Gill walked away, taking his big, bold, collage abstracts with him. Holed up in an artist colony he co-founded on the California/Oregon border, Gill continued to work, applying new technologies to Pop Arts practice of manipulating commercial icons to create new contexts. He recently returned from his self-imposed exile, and is showing new work made with raw canvas and an ink-jet printer. Some of the pieces are on display at Sedonas Lanning Gallery, 431 Highway 179.
Locally, Gill will discuss his career and work at Cattle Track Arts Compound.
Fri., Feb. 20, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 21, 5-9 p.m., 2009