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What is Pop Art?
• Pop Art is a type of art that is based on
popular culture and the 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
3-dimensional objects
Where Did Pop Art Come From?
• Pop Art first emerged in Great Britain during
the mid 1950s and later in America during
the late 1950s
• 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 Independent Group
• The Independent Group was part of the
Institute of Contemporary Art in London,
which began in 1952
Where Did Pop Art Come From
Continued
• The movement was officially named
by Lawrence Alloway in his article
“The Arts and Mass Media”
• Pop Art appreciates/supports
popular culture, which is often also
known as “material culture”
• Pop Art does not critique but rather
recognized the existence of
materialism and consumerism
History of Pop Art
• The art movement first began during
the 1950s
• The 1950s were a period of…
 Optimism
 Consumer boom
 Products were beginning to be
mass marketed and advertised
Influences
• The Pop Art movement initially arose from
a rebellion against Abstract Expressionism
• Many Pop artists saw Abstract
Expressionism as pretentious and over-
intense
• Pop Art drew upon Neo-Dadaist elements
The Neo-Dadaist often mocked artistic and
social conventions
Emphasized the illogical and absurd
Favored montage, collage, and the
readymade
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Pop Art--Final Project

  • 2. What is Pop Art? • Pop Art is a type of art that is based on popular culture and the 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 3-dimensional objects
  • 3. Where Did Pop Art Come From? • Pop Art first emerged in Great Britain during the mid 1950s and later in America during the late 1950s • 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 Independent Group • The Independent Group was part of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, which began in 1952
  • 4. Where Did Pop Art Come From Continued • The movement was officially named by Lawrence Alloway in his article “The Arts and Mass Media” • Pop Art appreciates/supports popular culture, which is often also known as “material culture” • Pop Art does not critique but rather recognized the existence of materialism and consumerism
  • 5. History of Pop Art • The art movement first began during the 1950s • The 1950s were a period of…  Optimism  Consumer boom  Products were beginning to be mass marketed and advertised
  • 6. Influences • The Pop Art movement initially arose from a rebellion against Abstract Expressionism • Many Pop artists saw Abstract Expressionism as pretentious and over- intense • Pop Art drew upon Neo-Dadaist elements The Neo-Dadaist often mocked artistic and social conventions Emphasized the illogical and absurd Favored montage, collage, and the readymade
  • 7. Characteristics • Much of the imagery used during the Pop Art movement came from the mass media and popular culture • Pop artists gave common, everyday objects and individuals value • Pop artists blurred the line between fine art and commercial art • One of the most influential characteristics of Pop Art was that the art could “borrow” from any source • Pop artists often believed that everything was interconnected and tried to make the connections literal in their artwork
  • 8. Characteristics Continued • Key characteristics of the Pop Art movement include… Recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products Bright/bold colors Clear lines Flat imagery influenced by comic books/newspaper photographs Images of celebrities or fictional characters
  • 9. British Pop Art vs. American Pop Art • American Pop Art was known to be more anonymous and aggressive while English Pop Art was more subjective • English Pop artists used to work with popular culture and technology mostly as themes or metaphors while American Pop artists were more interested with the ideas behind the movement
  • 10. Andy Warhol • Born August 6, 1928 • One of the most influential artists of his time • Famous for Avant- Guard Pop Art paintings and screen paintings
  • 13. 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans—1964
  • 15. Famous Quotes • “In the future everybody will be world- famous for fifteen minutes.” • “Art is anything you can get away with.” • “I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”
  • 16. Roy Lichtenstein • Born October 27, 1923 • First pop paintings used cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial painting
  • 20. Famous Quotes • “I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.” • “Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.”
  • 21. Jasper Johns • Born May 15, 1930 • Early works were composed using simple schemes of flags, maps, letters, targets, and numbers • Wanted to create meaning through the use of symbols
  • 25. Famous Quotes • “Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.” • “I don’t want my work to be an exposure of my feelings.”
  • 26. Robert Rauschenberg • Born October 22, 1925 • His early works anticipated the Pop Art movement • Rauschenberg is well known for his “Combines” of the 1950’s • His “combines” were made of non-traditional materials and objects that were put together in new/different combinations
  • 30. Famous Quotes • “The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.” • “I always have a good reason for taking something out but I never have one for putting something in. And I don't want to, because that means that the picture is being painted predigested.”
  • 31. Summary • Characterized by clear lines, bold/bright colors, and recognizable imagery from popular culture • Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Dadaism • Easy to understand, recognize, and interpret • Major Artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg