With current events in mind, it can be difficult to remember that once upon a time there was a concept known as “the American Dream”. Prosperity for those who worked hard, an open door to immigrants who looked for a better life, and a President who had the interests of his people at heart. In other words: “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Perhaps ironically, it’s the British Museum that is reminding us that there is more to come out of America than demagoguery in a new exhibition entitled The American Dream: Pop to the Present. The exhibition will feature some 200 works by 70 artists, charting six decades of art from the explosion of the pop scene in the early 60s through minimalism, photorealism and conceptual art to living contemporary artists working today. Many of the greats of American art will feature, including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois and, of course, Andy Warhol. So take a moment to remind yourself of the brilliance that flourished—and still flourishes—across the pond, and give the States another chance.
Image credit: Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Vote McGovern. Colour screenprint, 1972. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London