What exactly is Pop Art?

Pop Art is the movement in art when artists began to create art with the subject of things that are the iconic in nature such as famous people, advertising, and movies. The British and the American people were responsible for launching this type of art in the late 1950’s to 1960’s. In art history, art movements are usually attached to time periods. It is the most recent form of artistic movements next to postmodernism. Abstract expressionism precedes pop art. An offshoot of pop art is a type of art known as “Lowbrow”. It was started in the 70’s in California, USA and is often termed “pop surrealism”.


Roy Lichtenstein Whaam
Roy Lichtenstein Whaam

One of the most notable pop artists was the artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), real name Andrew Warhola is known in particular for his Marilyn Monroe portraits and his paintings of a Campbell’s soup can. The Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe style has forged a new wave of warhol style pop art with many companies offering a service transforming photos into Warhol Andy Pop art. How much closer can you get to the pop culture of the 60’s than a can of soup? Warhol is noted to have mingled with many different subculture circles and these social circles must have had some influence on how and why he created the art that was famous for.

Another notable pop artist was Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). Lichtenstein loved doing abstract expressionism but later was drawn to pop art in the 60’s. He created art using comic strips as the subject. He also was known for creating pop art style reproductions of master painters like Monet. Personally, I always like to see someone play with a master’s artwork. What better exercise could an artist receive? https://www.bluehorizonprints.com.au/wall-art-online

In 1962 the world’s first public exhibit of pop art was shown at the Pasadena Art Museum. The works included artists Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud.

Some books of interest:

Pop Art (Taschen 25th Anniversary)
by Tilman Osterwold

Pop Art (Movements in Modern Art)
by David McCarthyby Tilman Osterwold Illustrated

Andy Warhol: Giant Size
by Editors of Phaidon Press, Steven Bluttal, and Dave Hickey

Roy Lichtenstein: Beginning to End
by Fundacion Juan March, Juan Antonio Ramirez, Ruth Fine, and Avis Berman

Sources: Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, Amazon.com

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