Just because soup cans got all the attention doesn’t mean that’s all there was to the Pop Art movement. Two new exhibits explore its distorted side effects--then and now.
“Sinister Pop” From a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson and Mao Zedong in drag to a film of Andy Warhol silently eating a fast-food hamburger, the backlash to the ’60s hyper-consumer culture was felt for decades. And the Whitney has curated an edgy collection of paintings, photography, sculpture and such that exposes the antiestablishment messaging of the time. Through March 13; The Whitney, 945 Madison Ave. (at 75th St.); 212-570-3600 or whitney.org
“Still Life” No stranger to the current celebrity scene, photographer and director David LaChapelle has left his days of music videos and magazine covers to return to fine-art photography. His vision is still focused on fame--but now its fleeting and destructive side. By capturing vandalized wax figures, LaChapelle shows us some of pop culture’s most recognized faces (like Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan) in a whole new light. Creepy? Absolutely. But it’s a fascinating perspective. Through January 19; Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Ave. (at 27th St.); 515 W. 27th St. (between 10th and 11th aves.); 212-563-4474 or paulkasmingallery.com