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POP ART EXHIBITS TO REFLECT ALBANY-N.Y. CITY ALLIANCE

Some legendary names in pop art are coming to upstate New York for the first time as part of a partnership between the State Museum in Albany and a trio of New York City museums, officials said Monday.

The American Pop Art exhibit -- featuring the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann -- will open in Albany on Feb. 26 and run through May 2, 1999. The 28 paintings include Warhol's famous "32 Campbell's Soup Cans." The paintings are on loan from the Museum of Modern Art.

The pop art show is the first of seven exhibits planned for the state Museum in Albany from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibits are being funded by a $450,000 grant from Fleet Bank.

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