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Transcript of Pop Art
-Women played a large role in pop art
- They became the subject to many pop artists paintings and portraits
Praise and Criticism
"I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can't we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?"
William S. Burroughs
Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962)
Viki (1964) – Roy Lichtenstein
The melody hunts my reverie
-women not only became the subject of art pieces, they also were starting to be used in advertisements
In the beginning of the 60s, many artists were inspired by consumerism. These artists soon began to focus their time on household items, consumer products, celebrities, cartoon etc.
-Logos and product labeling often figures in the imagery chosen by the pop artists.
-Campbell’s Soup Cans labels by Andy Warhol.
- Campbell’s Tomato Juice Box by Warhol or his Brillo Soap Box sculptures.
By creating paintings or sculptures of mass culture objects and media stars, the Pop art movement aimed to blur the boundaries between "high" art and "low" culture. The concept that there is no hierarchy of culture and that art may borrow from any source has been one of the most influential characteristics of Pop art. It placed popular and commercial objects on a par with fine art, which was something that had not previously been done. Pop art portrayed America as being the land of the free. This type of art was a more inclusive, youthful culture that embraced the social influence of mass media and mass production.
RICHARD HAMILTON (1922- 2011)
'Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?'
Importance of Pop Art
Pop art was criticized at first by Modernists who said that Pop Art was without meaning. Peter Selz gave a particularly harsh critique, "These works leave us thoroughly dissatisfied…most of them have nothing to say… they are hardly worth the contemplation a real work of art demands."
Pop art is a type of art that is based on popular culture and mass media
Reflects current values of society/culture
Uses images borrowed from advertising,photography, comic strips, and other mass media sources
Pop art is influenced from two dimensional images
Pop artists also incorporated/reproduced three dimensional objects
Pop Art first emerged in Great Britain during the mid 1950's and in America during the late 1950's
The Pop art movement was a reaction against the seriousness of Abstract Expressionism
The term "pop art" was first used during discussions among artists who called themselves the
The Independent Group was part of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, which began in 1952
Asymetrical images of popular politicians and public figures painted in bright hues became the norm in pop art
Influenced by the consumerism-driven economy of the 1950s and 60s especially in America
Art By: Andy Warhol
- Marilyn Monroe
- John and Jackie Kennedy
- Audrey Hepburn
- The Beatles
- Elvis Presley
Music was used by youth as a channel of expression during the 1950s-60s
Spoon Bridge and Cherry - Claes Oldenburg
"LOVE" -Robert Clark
Hollywood Glamor and Movie stars were of interests for Pop artists Like Andy Warhol.
JFK - Rinat Shingareev
Literature reflected what was happening in the political arenas and social issues of America in the sixties.
1. What makes pop art so recognizable?
2. Pop art was driven by a consumerism-driven economy.. True or False?
3. What type of people were commonly painted in pop art?
4. Who was the most famous pop artist of the 1960's?
1. bright hues/bold colors/clear lines etc. 2. True! 3. Politicians, Celebrities, Athletes 4. Andy Warhol
How pop art has been influential
-Influenced new artists
-Encouraged bold movements
-Inspired new outlooks on art
-Influenced newer forms of commercial art
-Brought life to advertisement