San Francisco

Brian Dougherty

Green Gallery

Dougherty joins the pop wagon with a number of poorly executed large blowups of those fanciful images on the inside of cigar-box lids. He totally misses one of the most important points of Pop Art, which is, that basically the images of the best artists in this movement have a clarity of execution that in the commercial art world is the product of very specialized and highly skilled team work. For example, Lichtenstein’s blown up images of art work are executed better and are more creative than the originals; thus the surprise on seeing one of his canvases. In Dougherty’s case the originals, framed and shown in the exhibition, are masterpieces in comparison to his crude efforts.

John Coplans