Pop Art (Popular Art)

Pop Art 1950 – 1960

Themes and Concerns:
– Celebration of modern consumerism
– Brash colourful world of advertising
– Comic strips
– Popular entertainment
– Popular and designed for mass audience
– Young
– Witty
– Gimmicky
– Glamorous

Main Artisits:
– Andy Warhol
– Blake Hockney
– Lichtenstein
– Hamilton

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Richard Hamilton – Just What It Is That Makes Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956)
– Taken the title from a magazine
– Pictures taken from a magazine
– Odd objects
– People
– New inventions (Hoover, tape player)
– Different textures
– Different colours
– Text used
– Popular culture involved
– Moon used, because of the moon landing
– The word Pop used
– Appreciating everyday art eg magazines and newspapers

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Peter Blake – Cover Art (1967)
– First cover designed by an artist
– Bright colours
– Famous people
– Busy
– Aimed at young people
– Eye catching
– Iconic
– Immediately recognisable

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Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe (1967)
– Shows both sides of her
– Shows her life
– Life to death
– Contrast
– Bright colours and Black and White

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Lichtenstein – Whaam (1963)
– Comic strip
– Bright colours
– In your face
– Text used
– Commentating on popular culture
– Aimed at teenagers
– Simplistic

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