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Do, 1 Josephine Do Art Appreciation Paper 6-26-2011 Pop Art: A Culture Like No Other Popular art, or more commonly noted simply as ‘Pop Art’, was a term coined by British curator Lawrence Alloway to describe a movement marked by the symbolism of consumerism and popular culture. Despite being heavily commended by the general public, especially among the young, there lie many critics of pop art who denounce and scorn the movement for its low- brow nature. Harold Rosenburg, a highly influential critic in the realm of art, described pop art to be “a joke without humor”. I do not share the view of these harsh words and will assert that pop art is in fact a valid and bold visual art movement that encompasses everyday imagery with vibrant bold colors. With its origin in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the crusade of Pop Art blossomed into an element to catalyze and transform a conservative society into a contemporary world of art. On a historic timeframe, one can note that this was a period post –World War II and the commencement of the Korean War and in he mist of the Cold War. Socially, the mid 1950’s was also a time of change for technological advances in average homes as television thrived and radio switches to music rather than just. This became an opportune time to introduce what would come to change how many people view art: the Pop Art era. During this transitional state, obtaining consumer goods, producing and responding to witty advertisements, and establishing effective means of mass communication was the key to popularizing the Pop Art movement. What transpired was a spark among young people, rebelling against elitist avant-garde art of Post Impressionism (and Modernism in general in 1880-1945) and an expansion of Abstract Expressionism. Themes and techniques drew from popular mass culture, celebrities, movies,
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Do, 2 television, advertising, and comic books. A huge concept of Pop Art was the aspect of turning culture isnto a commodity, standing for everything commercial and depicting America as a capitalistic nation. The one liner of “Plastics.” In tdsdhe infamous film, “The Graduate”, grasps the basic concept of Pop Art. One dominant pioneer who really bolstered the major Pop Art movement is none other than Andy Warhol, whose artwork characterized stardom and commercialism at its best. These pieces include silk screenings of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and a painting of a can of Campbell’s soup. Fifteen Minutes of Fame is now a phrase alluded to Warhol who says in the
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course CH 302 taught by Professor Holcombe during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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