American Pop Art: From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection

There are several factors that make a private collection stand out compared to that of a museum—personal taste and the character of an owner, easily traceable face-to-face artist-collector interchange and the element of surprise (personal gifts from artists and spontaneous buys). All that is thoroughly present in a superb American Pop Art: From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

The collection is full of gems, most notably Jasper Johns, whom John was particularly fond of, along with top-notch Lichtensteins, Wesselmanns, Rauschenbergs, rarely seen late Warhols, Rosenquist, and this is just the very top of the list. Not only John and Kimiko were avid collectors, they were also part of the scene, present at the right time at the right place, with the whole Pop Art movement unfolding in front of their eyes. The couple's passion for art went well beyond collecting, by commissioning works and inviting artists to their Colorado artist-in-residence Powers invested heavily in the whole art ecosystem.

A long love letter to Pop Art, the exhibition is a perfect example of collecting done right and an absolute must-see. Through October 21st.

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