Press:Phaidon Inc Ltd Phaidon Press (October 24, 1996)
Author Name:James, Jamie
Pop Art was one of the most revolutionary art movements of the 20th century.
In the 1950s, a group of artists in Great Britain and the USA, rather than despising popular culture, gladly embraced both its imagery and its methods, using photographs, advertisements, posters, cartoons and everyday objects to form the basis of their art.
Their audacity at first scandalized the Establishment, but by the mid-1960s their work dominated the world art scene and names such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg were familiar to many.
This book examines the formation and growth of the movement with selected examples from the style's most important exponents.
From the Back Cover
Pop Art was one of the most revolutionary art movements of the twentieth century.
During the years of the Macmillan and Eisenhower administrations, a period of peace and prosperity - and complacency - the first pop artists attempted to deflate the established order.
Their audacity at first scandalized the Establishment, but by the mid-1960s their work dominated the world art scene.
In the 1950s, a group of artists in Great Britain and the USA, rather than despising popular culture, gladly embraced both its imagery and its methods.
Photographs, advertisements, posters, cartoons and everyday objects formed the basis of their art.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-) painted scenes lifted straight from comic strips.
Andy Warhol (1928-87) took photographs from newspapers and silkscreened them onto canvases in shocking, fluorescent colours.
James Rosenquist (1933-), a billboard painter by training, borrowed banal images from advertising and put them together to make absurd juxtapositions.
More than any other art movement before or since, Pop Art exerted a strong influence on popular culture; its bold graphic style and insolence was widely imitated by the very media that had inspired it.
About the Author
Jamie James is the author of "The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in the Pursuit of Knowledge", "Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage", and other titles.
He has contributed to the "New York Times", "Wall Street Journal", "Vanity Fair", and "National Geographic Traveler", among others, and served as art critic at "The New Yorker "and "The Times of London".
In 1999 he moved to Indonesia.
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