Nine sensational works by five important artists--Andy Warhol, Donald Sultan, Alex Katz, Willie Cole, and Tom Wesselmann--focus on flowers, which have long been a popular subject in art. Flowers were used as decorative motifs in ancient times and as symbolic in Christian iconography, and took on new connotations when Beat poet Allen Ginsberg coined the term â€œflower powerâ€ in the mid 1960s, encouraging activists against the Vietnam War to offer flowers to policemen and politicians and turn threatening protests into a form of peaceful street theater. Artists have continued to represent flowers, exploring their formal properties as well as their political and social connotations. The prints inÂ "Flower Power"Â illustrate some of these concerns.Â
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