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The Estate of Ben Birillo

Ben Birillo is a painter and sculptor best known for masterminding the groundbreaking Pop art exhibition, "The American Supermarket," widely considered to be the world’s first major exhibition of Pop art. A contemporary and colleague of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Artschwager, Tom Wesselmann, and Claes Oldenburg, newspapers nicknamed Birillo the “Progenitor of Pop” and “Mr. Pop Art” due to his energetic promotion of the Pop art movement.


When asked if he considered his own work to be Pop art, Birillo answered, “No—I’m just an artist. I don’t belong to any school. I just create art. It’s my life. My life is my art. I don’t understand anything else." While Birillo hesitates to label himself a Pop artist, his body of work bares many of the telltale signatures of the Pop movement, including the use of bold outlines, vibrant blocks of color, and imagery sourced from popular culture.


Today, Birillo’s artwork can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is included in notable private collections including those of Andy Warhol, Leo Castelli, Walter P. Chrysler, and musician Paul Simon.

The Estate of Ben Birillo
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