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Ed Ruscha’s poster for the Pasadena Museum of Art’s 1962 exhibition New Painting of Common Objects.

Although pop art is often discussed as a New York phenomenon, the first exhibitions to call attention to the new style were in Los Angeles. Recognizing an emerging trend of paintings depicting “common objects,” Walter Hopps, curator at the Pasadena Museum of Art, brought together artists from the East and West Coasts for this first major exhibition of pop art.