The Side of Pop Art You Didn’t Know Existed

A new exhibition redefines the movement, bringing lesser-known names from around the world into the fold. 

Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Evelyne Axell, “Ice Cream,” 1964

Belgian artist Axell, who died in 1972 at the age of 37, started making erotic and politically charged works inspired by Pop in 1963, like the psychedelic painting pictured left. Axell has achieved wider recognition in recent years, arguably as a result of the Brooklyn Museum's 2011 exhibition Seductive Subversion, which focused on women pop artists.