About June Techt's work
June Techt's work is essentially grounded in pop art. Pop art was born in the 1950s simultaneously across America and Britain, and reached its peak in the 1960s, in a climate of increased consumerism and cultural revolution. Young artists felt like they couldn’t get in touch with the current state of art as it was taught or exhibited in museums, which they deemed too sequestered from their everyday lives. This led them to turn to popular culture as their main subject matter, horrifying modernist critics. Amidst a few of the qualities enumerated by pop artist Richard Hamilton, Pop Art should aim to be young, glamorous, sexy, witty, low-cost and mass produced. While in the United States pop artists were essentially trying to move away from the deeply personal symbolism of abstract expressionism, in Britain the movement was more focused on the power of American pop-culture imagery, and its influence on the nation.
June Techt in private collections
Historical Context of Denmark
As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often mixed with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal depictions of light and shadow in modest, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a key country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's bright colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.