Alka Seltzer (1966) by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)The Art Institute of Chicago
Pop Art is an art movement that began in the mid-1950s in the US and UK. Inspired by consumerist culture (including comic books, Hollywood films, and advertising), Pop artists used the look and style of mass, or 'Popular', culture to make their art.
Dollar Sign (1981) by Andy WarholRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
As the rationing and austerity of the post-war 1950s changed into the swinging 1960s, Pop Art really took off.
Andy Warhol: Last Sitting (1986 - 1986) by David LaChapelleMAC-Lima
This is Andy Warhol...
Self Portrait (1967) by Andy WarholDetroit Institute of Arts
Perhaps the most famous and notable Pop artist, Warhol fittingly began his career in advertising before moving into visual arts. Warhol was interested in fame and money - not just making it for himself (although that too!) - but also in looking at the nature of celebrity culture and consumerism in contemporary society.
Brillo (1988) by Andy Warhol and published by Galerie Ronny van de Velde, Antwerp 1988Olomouc Museum of Art
Although most renowned for his screen prints (like this one) Warhol's art practice also encompassed performance, film and even music.
Portrait of Hugh Gaitskell as a Famous Monster of Filmland (1964) by Richard HamiltonArts Council Collection
Pop artists cut up, used, reworked and threw together a whole variety of different pop culture references. But one dominant theme was mass production, particularly in regards to the role of the artwork in a culture of disposable objects and easily reproducible images.
Booster (1967) by Robert RauschenbergNational Academy of Design
Orange Car Crash (5 Deaths 11 Times in Orange) (Orange Disaster) () by Andy WarholGalleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino
Not only was Pop Art conceptually interested in mass production in its subject matter, but it also looked at mass production in its very form and materials. Screen printing, for example, plays with the easily made, easily reproduced work of art.
Suitcase, Stepladder (1966) by KUSAMA YayoiThe Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Pop Art (1963) by John LeongardLIFE Photo Collection
Pop artists reduced the world to its flat, shiny, seductive surfaces. In Roy Lichtenstein's artworks, the artist reduces the world to the 2D shapes of a comic strip.
Red Barn (1969) by Roy LichtensteinHuntington Museum of Art
Untitled (2014) by Lady AikoOutdoor Project
Supermercado de la Septima (1966) by Santiago CárdenasMuseum of Contemporary Art Bogotá
It has also had a huge geographical reach, influencing artists across the world. Take a look at these contemporary artworks from as far afield as Korea, Italy, and Colombia...
Real Materials Existing in Real Space (2010) by Choi, JeonghwaKorean Art Museum Association