Collage, Assemblage, and Appropriation

Ilse Getz (1917-1992), The Dream, No. 3, 1972, wood, porcelain, polychrome. Allentown Art Museum, gift of the Artist in Memory of David Getz, 1975
Sun, 06/25/2017 - Sun, 10/29/2017
Butz Gallery

This installation highlights imaginative work that artists have created from readymade materials. In collage and assemblage, artists bring together two- or three-dimensional objects ranging from traditional art supplies to random everyday objects. In appropriation art, on the other hand, an artist borrows or imitates the work of another artist to create a new work of art. Eleven selections from the collection, including works by Larry Rivers, Ilse Getz, and Claes Oldenburg, explore the important role that these three processes have played in twentieth-century and contemporary art.


Larry Rivers (1923-2002), Black Revue from the series Boston Massacre, 1970, screen print. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Ira H. Levy, 1980