The most prolific and influential artist of the last 25 years hasn't exhibited at the MoMA, or even been written about in Art Forum. But with the massive amounts of rainbow-colored folders, backpacks, binders and stickers she's produced, Lisa Frank's influence on a generation of 90s kids is MONUMENTAL.
In an age where the "official" art world operates in self-constructed, climate controlled bubble, its influence on the general population is slim at best. The real purpose of art, the experience of beauty, is lost in today's art world.
When people of my generation- those born during the 1980s and 1990s- when we recall the most amazing cultural experienced in our lives, it's entirely saturated by the pop culture of the decades when we grew up.
To me, Lisa Frank is the ultimate example of this. With her array of psychedelic, cute and funny posters, binders and stickers, it's like a total bombardment of awesomeness- a complete, no-holds-barred assault on your eyeballs.
Oh yeah, and it's soooo back. Lisa's enormous influence can be seen today in this all over print sweatshirt.