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We love the early 60s art movement, Pop Art. Bright and colourful, it was all about challenging traditional art. We've rounded up some of our fave pop artists and compiled this mini guide!
Pop art started in the late 50s but really took off in the 1960s, especially in the US. The majority of the movement explored the theme of challenging society's norms, and incorporated elements of pop culture - advertisements, comics and photos, things that were mass-produced. The artists wanted to blur the lines between high and low brow culture and do it in a way that was almost "cold" and "detached".
The most famous - and controversial - of the Pop Art artists is Andy Warhol. Warhol started his career working in graphic design and advertising. As an artist he was interested in exploring the commercial culture of America and often his works consisted of re-producing famous and iconic images - the Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe being some of his most famous subjects.
Warhol took his art to the next level, not only creating artworks, but truly living it as a lifestyle. His "Silver Factory" in New York City produced not only paintings and screen prints but films, installations and music. He surrounded himself with the most beautiful, famous and wealthy people and his artworks are amongst the most expensive ever sold in art history. Warhol was obsessed with the idea of "celebrity" and is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" (1968).
Robert Rauschenberg was another New York-based artist during the Pop Art movement. He worked primarily with collages and would use "found objects" - things he would pick up from the street while walking around the city - in his artworks. He called these collages "Combines" and said, “painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world”.
Roy Lichtenstein's artworks were all about making witty observations about American life and stereotypes. They were tongue-in-cheek, humorous and designed to look like they had been mass-produced. He used techniques borrowed from the printing industry to create these comic book-like works and is considered by many to have had the most sophisticated style of pop art painting.
Robert Indiana created "sculptural poems" and is most famous for his iconic work, "LOVE", which was first produced in 1958. He was interested in taking everyday symbols of American life and turning them into large, geometric works of art. He often used simple words to make statements about American society, especially his thoughts towards the "Great American Dream".
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