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The Marilyn Collection From the Marilyn Collection
Throughout the fifties and sixties, a new school of artists emerged on the art scene. They made "Pop Art" a household name. This group included Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Mark Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and James Gill.
James Gill's work is so important that the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago all have included him in their collections of great works. Out of the San Paulo 9, except for Andy Warhol, he is in more museums than any other pop artist.
James Gill was one of the standouts among the pop artists. Gill came to Los Angeles in the early ‘60s, where he kept company with beat generation writers such as Ken Kesey and Allen Ginsberg. He experienced a rapid ascent in the art world, getting his work into major collections such as New York's Museum of Modern Art and receiving commissions such as the cover of Time Magazine in 1968.
While most of the pop artists were burnishing their growing reputations and making sure to gain as much exposure as they could, James Gill became the artist that time forgot.
In a very rare time in the art world, we find that James Gill finds it very important to personally do all of his printing by hand. Every single one of the limited edition pieces is done through the hand-pulled lithography technique. James Gill uses the most expensive paper which is flown in from Germany and called arches paper.
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