Alex Ross Art and Museum of Popular Culture (MoPop) are excited to present the work of Alex Ross, on display now at the MoPop Gallery in Seattle, WA.
We spoke with Chris Maresca, Director of Retail at MoPop, who helped bring Ross's work into the MoPop Gallery.
Can you tell us a little bit about MoPop — your mission and history?
My name is Chris Maresca and I’m the Director of Retail at MoPOP Museum. The Museum of Pop Culture’s mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. No matter your fandom, MoPop is a gathering place for those looking to celebrate what they love.
How did you first discover the work of Alex Ross?
Hmm… It’s difficult to remember the first time I saw the incredible artistry of Alex Ross, probably his Anthrax covers. I also recall noticing numerous comic book covers that continuously broke the mold and stood out from the crowd while browsing comic shops.
What about Ross's work made you interested in bringing it in for a MoPop exhibit?
Alex truly is a visionary artist who continues to push himself artistically and visually. It’s hard to imagine how he can make a piece of art even better, but his work continues to grow, evolve and take on a life of its own. Not only in scale and complexity, but in the deep emotional connection one feels when viewing his masterpieces.
Can you tell us a little bit about specific pieces on display?
We currently have a wonderful assortment of Alex Ross canvases and video content on display. Here are some highlights… there’s the entire Marvel SHADOWS series, which includes realistic shadow portraits of Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor. We also have large canvases of Marvel Legacy, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on display.
We teamed up with Alex Ross Art to produce an exclusive lithograph for fans of Alex Ross and Marvel. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a limited edition lithograph, measuring 15 1/2" x 14 1/2" — matted prints are only available at the museum and our online shop.
For fans who are thinking of stopping by the exhibit... what other exhibits are going on at MoPop right now? Any notable upcoming events?
Currently we have exhibits featuring Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Indie Video Games. For all the Marvel fans, the largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP is MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes. Running now, it features more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from such comics and films as Captain America, The Avengers, Jessica Jones, and many more.
For fans who can't make it to the museum, you can pick up the exclusive Earth's Mightiest Heroes matted lithograph from the MoPop store here.