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Pop Art

Pop Art

When art became anything

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11 results | Top

Events

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Exhibition
July 14 - November 01, 2020

La libération de la peinture 1945-1962

Mémorial, Caen
Exhibition
August 21 - November 29, 2020

Keith Haring

Museum Folkwang, Essen
Exhibition
September 19, 2020 - January 03, 2021

Andy Warhol Kyoto

KyotoCity-Kyocera Museum
Exhibition
September 26, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Andy Warhol: A glittering alternative

Mumok, Vienna
Exhibition
October 02, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Warhol. The American Dream Factory

La Boverie, Liège
Exhibition
October 09, 2020 - January 31, 2021

El sueño americano. Del pop a la actualidad

CaixaForum, Madrid
Exhibition
October 18, 2020 - May 16, 2021

Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Exhibition
October 31, 2020 - February 07, 2021

Roy Lichtenstein

Musée des beaux-arts de Mons
Exhibition
December 12, 2020 - April 18, 2021

Andy Warhol. Now

Museum Ludwig, Köln

Pop Art

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The subjects of Pop Art lie in the banal and everyday objects that surround us; soup cans and comic strips, movie stars and gas stations. Spanning a period beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing to today, the Pop art movement challenged the very foundations of fine and ‘high’ art. Coined from the ‘pop’ in popular culture, artworks of this era utilized mass culture as a material, questioned the role of the artist, and adopted techniques associated with methods of mechanical reproduction.

Pop art emerged as a reaction to the ideas of abstract expressionism which favored subjective experience and emphasized the unique approach of the individual artist. Instead, Pop artists created works that denied the possibility of originality and in many instances were copies or series of repetitions, like Andy Warhol’s silk screen prints of Marilyn Monroe or Roy Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, a simulacra of a comic book illustration. Artworks made use of advertising, magazines, celebrities, labelling, logos, found images and objects and the typography of commercial graphic design. Pop art can also be identified through the characteristics of irony, kitsch, and pastiche, marking it as a distinctly postmodern movement.

Whether glossy copies or fragmented narratives, pop artists like Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Richard Hamilton, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, and Billy Apple produced a diverse range of work. TASCHEN captures the breadth of pop in books that address the group as a whole as well as Basic Art Series books on significant artists. Many of TASCHEN’s books interact with the legacy of Pop art, like Allen Jones’ cover for the Naomi Campbell monograph or the David Hockney SUMO. Marking a mid point in the art of the twentieth century, Pop continues to help us understand the world we live in - one in which the boundaries of art and life continue to blur.