What is Pop Art?
One of the main conceptual objectives of Pop Art was to
Hello, I'm Milo for About dot com, and today we are talking about Pop Art. Pop Art is a movement that developed in the US in the late 1950s. It had, however, emerged in the early 1950s in Britain among a group of artists interested in everyday imagery from sources such as advertising, cartoons, the news, and other mundane everyday objects.One of the main conceptual objectives of Pop Art was to blur the boundaries between high art and low or popular culture. The concept behind Pop Art is not limited to the art produced within this group of artists, it also referred to the attitudes that surrounded and inspired them. Some experts interpret these attitudes as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, which was an American post WWII art movement characterized by emotional intensity and associated with anarchy, freedom, and rebellion.Pop Art on the other hand is for the most part emotionally cold towards its subject matter and is associated with mechanical means of reproduction such as photography and printmaking. In the United States Pop Art gained momentum in the 1960s and is now mostly associated with the work of New York artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenberg, however they were part of a bigger phenomenon happening in various parts of the world. For example, the French equivalent of pop art was called Nouveau Réalisme and although it shared the concerns of its American counterparts in dealing with commercial culture, the French artists focused their art production in the area of sculpture. In Spain, Pop Art is associated with the new figurativism and among the best known artists working in this style were Manolo Valdes and Rafael Solbes who made up the artist duo EQUIPO CRONICA and worked in Valencia during the late 1960s and the the 1970s. The Pop Art movement still influences new generations of artists today. It opened up a world of possibilities by allowing the use of everyday culture and its symbols and objects to become valid subject matter in art, questioning the elitism that was associated with art and bringing it closer to a broader audience. For more helpful, interesting, and insightful information on art history check us out at About.com.