"the readymades", "The World Goes Pop" - art exhibition, Andy Warhol, art discussion, art exhibitions - 2015/2016, dadaism, Henri Cueco, Marcel Duchamp, Nicola L., pop art, pop art movement, pop artists, Roy Lichtenstein, Tate Modern, Ushio Shinohara
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
Bottle rack (1914)
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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
by Andy Warhol
common everyday products
(image from moma.org):
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(image from pitchfork.com):
(image from fanpop.com):
by Roy Lichtenstein
comic strip mania
(image from artwallpaper.eu):
Mickey and Donald
(image from dailymail uk):
(image from christies.com):
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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):
Red coat (1973)
by French born / NYC based, Nicola L.
Doll Festival (1966)
by Japanese, neo-dadist artist, 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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