Pop Art: What It’s All About

A summary of our presentation on Pop Art in February by Maddie Woods and Anna Model:

Pop Art was a movement that developed during the 1960’s that used images and techniques of mass culture and commercialism. Its purpose was not to be critical, but also not to be complacent. The movement was spearheaded by major artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. The art and its content were originally criticized as unoriginal and banal, but the artists’ intent was to examine and engage with popular media. Roy Lichtenstein was accused of making anti-art, but in an interview he emphasized the process of art and the painterly style, which he utilized in recomposing images. He said, “Artists do not transform, they just form.” One common technique amongst pop artists was repetition. Warhol stated in “In His Own Words,” that the more you “look at the exact same thing, the better and emptier you feel.” Repetition emphasized the oversaturation of images produced by the media, and emptied the images of meaning. While pop art was very representative of American culture of the 1960’s, pop artists themselves were not creating art to be critical of this culture, but instead to emphasize its impact on society.

Crying Girl

Crying Girl, Roy Lichtenstein (1963)

Campbell Soup Cans

Campbell’s Soup Cans, Andy Warhol (1962)

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