Pop Art - Modern Day

"Art is anything you can get away with." ~ Andy Warhol

Main Ideas

Dates: Mid 1950s-Early 1970s

In the midst of the mid 1950s, the Pop Art Movement burst forth into America, and the world throughout. Pop Art, as it comes to mind, is mostly the face of our now modern art style and preference, and the most common and recognizable to most of society.

Pop art often consisted of oil paint illustrations, 3-D sculptures, music, and celebrity portraits, mostly used with extravagant colours and shapes to make the images or other art forms stand out from others.

The movement involved paintings, sculptures of mass culture objects and media stars. In this movement, there was no natural hierarchy or superiority over the art or artist, and the movement maintained a sort of equality among the two.

The movement spurred for about 20 years, creating the original styles and most common forms of art. Pop Art as it is still exists today, often seen in art galleries, comic books, animation, and advertisements. Although the era didn't last as long as others, it certainly left a big mark on the world, one which we can never forget.

Main People/Locations

Andy Warhol

Roy Lichtenstein

James Rosenquist

Claes Oldenburg

Pop Art first originated in Great Britain in 1952, spurred from a gathering known as "The Independent Group." It consisted of artists and critics who discussed art forms based off pop culture and the media of the current timeline. It seemed like a brighter creation after Great Britain's healing from the aftermath of war.

Pop Art became increasingly popular in America, where artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein spread their creativity through the country. Andy Warhol was the most known of the time, more renown for his work in the 60s, such as his Campbell's cans and his works of Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon.

Examples of Art

Facts About the Movement

Pop art uses images and icons that are popular among society and the modernized world itself, such as celebrity appearances in the art.

Although its main era is over, pop art still lives on today.

Andy Warhol is NOT a member of the Men in Black. (This was a joke)

Most old and modern comic book styles were inspired by the works of Roy Lichtenstein.

The most common form of pop art would be the illustrations in comic books, as well as popular advertising featuring celebrities and society favourites.

Pop art is more common and accepted in the modern world by its use of colours and its tendency to actually "pop" off the page.