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Pop Art
May 26, 2008

Pop Art is a visual art¬†movement that emerged in the mid 1950’s in Britain and in the United States in the late 1950’s.

The term Pop Art is often credited to British Art Critic Lawerence Alloway, although the term he uses is ‘popular mass culture’.

Pop Art is one of the major art movements of the twentieth century.

Characterized by themes and techniques drawn from popular culture, such as advertising and comic books. Pop art, like pop music, aimed to employ images of popular as opposed to elitist culture in art.

It was also defined by the artist’s use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques that down play the expressive hand of the artist.


Pop Art made commentary on contemporary society and culture, particularly consumerism, by using popular images and icons and incorporating and re-defining them in the art world. The images are presented and with a combination of humor, criticism and irony.

Andy Warhol is probably the most influential artists from the pop art movement.

It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of famous American products such as “Campbell’s Soup Tins” and Coca-Cola. And also famous singers, one of his most famous prints was off Marilyn Monroe.

The leading artists in Pop Art were Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Roy Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Claes Oldenburg.