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Robert Mars Past is Present

Created by Ted Vassilev with essays by Eleanor Heartney, Bruce Helander and Donald Kuspit

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 163 9

    Size: 305 x 305 mm (12 x 12 in.)

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 128

    In association with:

    Date published: January, 2018

    UK £45 /US $65


  • Gallery Shows for Robert Mars: FUTURELICS, PAST IS PRESENT (Dec. 2017)
  • NYC, Boston, Greenwich, Washington DC,, Charlotte NC, Palm Beach, London, Berlin, Hong Kong ,Sofia, St. Moritz, St. Tropez


Futurelics: Past is Present is the first publication of the work of contemporary artist Robert Mars that earned comparisons with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, James Rosenquist, and other Pop Art masters. Taking inspiration from the golden age of American popular culture and the iconography of the 1950s and 60s, Mars employs a rich colour palette in collage art. Often tongue-in-cheek, his signature neon Futurelics Popforms pay homage to the power of iconic branding, gripping beauty, and whimsical imagery cultivated by the urgent pressures that evolved from post-WWII to the present. Mars’ optimism recalls a time when instant digital celebrity was inconceivable –when people lived with the myth of uniquely untouchable icons – the Futurelics – Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and many others. Futurelics are what have lasting impact – what births a legacy, larger than life, larger than lifestyle. That is Futurelics.

Author information

Ted Vassilev is the president and founder of DTR Modern Galleries, with locations in Boston, New York, Palm Beach, Washington, DC, and in Europe.

Eleanor Heartney is an art critic based in New York City. Author of over 40 art books, she has written extensively on contemporary art issues for publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Bruce Helander is an artist and art critic, former Editor-in Chief of The Art Economist and contributor to the art and style section of the Huffington Post.

Donald Kuspit is an emeritus professor of art history and philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook, and the author many art books, including his most recent, A Critical History of Modern Art.