Drawing, Dreaming and Desire presents works on paper by Sam Francis (1923–1994) that explore the subjects of erotica and the female nude.
For many of the 20th century’s greatest practitioners, the work of a singular artist exercised a potent influence—that artist is Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). Duchamp to Pop draws from the Norton Simon Museum’s collection and rich archives of two seminal exhibitions in the early 1960s to illustrate Duchamp’s sway over Pop Art and its artists, especially Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and others. In 1916, Duchamp wrote to his sister with regard to the Bottlerack, “I purchased this as a sculpture already made.” From this description, Duchamp in effect redefined what constitutes a work of art, and thus, the readymade was born. The original Bottlerack was an unassisted readymade, meaning that it was not altered physically by the artist.