The pop art movement came into the spotlight during the 1950s and 1960s and the movement came into being as a cultural revolution. The pop art genre was a way that some of the American and British artists came to the forefront to oppose and challenge the other forms of elitist art movements that were already well established at the time. The pop art movement artists used subjects that were pulled from everyday life objects, comic books, advertising, and news cycle. Indeed the pop art movement changed the way things used to be in the art world.
Today we have modern day artists who create works of art that can be considered pop art. One modern day artist that is also celebrated for making pop artwork is Suzi Nassif. The Suzi Nassif paintings offer some of the best examples of modern pop artwork.
To get you in the know about this art movement here are some 5 facts about it that you should know:
- While abstract expressionist art looked for trauma in the soul, the pop artists looked for traces of the same trauma but in a different way, the mediated world of cartoon, imagery, and advertising. Pop artists believed that everything was interconnected and therefore in their work they sought to make the connections just literal in their work. This is why their artwork featured tangible things such as magazines, beverage drink bottles etc.
- The pop art movement artists created sculptures or paintings of media stars and mass culture objects. The pop art movement artists were keen on removing the boundaries that had existed between what was considered as ‘high art’ and ‘low culture’. Indeed this effectively brought about the concept that there isn’t any hierarchy or culture and that art can borrow from any source is one of the most influential features of pop art.
- It seems that the pop artists capitalized on the manufacturing and media boom that followed the post second world war era. There are some art critics that are critical of the way pop artists decided to choose imagery and products and see this as way of endorsement of capitalistic ideals. However proponents of the pop art genre claim that the art is purely based on talent and not anything to do with capitalism.
- The term ‘pop art’ itself was a phrase that was coined by renowned art critic in 1954. It was Lawrence Alloway who referred to certain pop art paintings as just pop art and since then the term got widely referred to as simply as pop art.
- A big percentage of pop artists have a background in commercial art and this is true with even the founders of this art including artists such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. Ed Ruscha was a graphic designer Andy too was a graphic designer. Andy Warhol was even a magazine illustrator. Another notable pop artist called James Rosenquist made a living out of painting billboards.