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The dawn of the pop art movement-

during the post-war era, 1950’s – 1960’s

was a direct assault on

the established “status quo” of art styles and interpretive.


The term “pop art”

coined in 1955 by British art critic and curator Lawrence Alloway

was introduced to describe visuals of subject matter,

which were characterised by

images of the mundane, the normal, the everyday:  a “low art”

in direct contrast to those images long considered “high art” of

lofty, aspirational, inspirational topics.


Pop art is a re-interpretive expression, querying:

what is art?,  what is its function?,  who is it for?

Pop art’s colourful pictorials depicted objects

symbolic of a heightened consumerism of post-war society .

The iconography of pop art stemmed from

adverts, photos of celebrities, comic strips, everyday consumer items.

This was an art style of which

the viewing masses could readily identify and thus appreciate.

This was art for all, not just a chosen few.

The pop art movement was an equalising force of sorts within the art world.

Pop art of the mid twentieth century continued

in the vein of the Dada art movement, which commenced

in the early twentieth century (immediately post WW I).

Dadaism, as championed by the likes of

French-American conceptual artist, Marcel Duchamp-

characterised art as a forum for articulation of ideas,

over emphasis on beauty of imagery portrayed.

It is said that when Duchamp gave up painting, he stated:

“I was interested in ideas—not merely in visual products.”

(quote from moma.org)

Duchamp interest was of “the readymades”:

a recycling of utilitarian, readily available objects

and the creating for mass production-

things new with these random items.

by Marcel Duchamp

“The readymades”

Fountain (1917)

pop art, duchamp, fountain,

Bottle rack (1914)

(image from artic.edu):

pop art, duchamp,Bottle Rack

Bicycle wheel

(image from moma.org):

pop art, Duchamp.-Bicycle-Wheel

As extension of Dadaism specifically and conceptual art generally

pop art flourished as an expression which sought to

re-define the meaning of art.

Initially prominent in the United States,

the pop art movement quickly spread to Britain

and is widely regarded as essentially

an Anglo-American artistic form.


Due to its familiar and accessible images,

the popularity of pop art continues ever strong.

There have been many shows

hosted at venues around the world

on this unique post-modernist movement

Hence, the public is particularly knowledgeable of

iconic works produced by such famed pop artists as

Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.

by Andy Warhol

common everyday products

celebrity circle

(image from moma.org):

Campbell Soup

pop art, campbell soup can, warhol,

(image from en.cafa.com.cn):

Brillo Box

pop art, brillo box, warhol, en.cafa.com.cn Andy-Warhol-Brillo-Boxes


(image from pitchfork.com):

pop art, banana, warhol

John Lenon

(image from fanpop.com):

pop art, john, lennon, Andy-Warhol

by Roy Lichtenstein

comic strip mania

food stuff

(image from artwallpaper.eu):


pop art, varoom, lichtenstein

Mickey and Donald

(image from dailymail uk):

Roy Lichtenstein "Look Mickey"

Cherry pie

(image from christies.com):

pop art, cherry pie,roy_lichtenstein

Standing rib

(image from wikiart):

pop art, standing-rib, lichtenstein,

The exhibition The World Goes Pop

now at the Tate Modern, on the Southbank (London)-

explores the history, expression, impact of the pop art movement

from a global perspective.

The show is part of focused examination of pop art as

a world wide art phenomenon-

spreading beyond the borders of a

boisterous, youth-driven, counter-establishment,

Western consumerism, Anglo-American art form

highlighting images of popular culture.

This exhibition gives voice to  the international chorus of

the pop art movement.

Pop art world wide resonance

Les Rouges Hommes

by French artist, Henri Cueco

(image from wsimag.com):

pop art, the world goes pop,Henri-Cueco-Les-Hommes-Rouges, 1968-9

Red coat (1973)

by French born /  NYC based, Nicola L.

pop art, the world goes pop, nicola L, red coat 1973,

Doll Festival (1966)

by Japanese, neo-dadist artist, Ushio Shinohara

pop art, the world goes pop, dollfestival1966, by ushio shinohara

Included in the exhibition are over 160 works from around the world:

the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Asia.

These pieces are representative of the impact of the pop art movement

as a global creative platform for commentary on political concerns,

societal ills, public outcry.

The World Goes Pop

until 24 January 2016

Tate Modern, London


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