The Pop Art Movement

“Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.”
- Roy Lichtenstein

• The Pop Art movement started in England in the 1950s and made its way to America for the 60’s, where it gained wide popularity.

• Pop art is best described as art that takes images from popular culture and makes them into artwork. Pop artists use everyday household items, advertisements and consumer products in their artwork.

• Pop Artists wanted to rebel against art that was snobby and stiff or tame and boring and make art that everyone could relate to.

• Pop Art challenges the idea that mass produced images and fine art are unrelated.

• The most prevalent theme in Pop Art is consumerism.

• Pop Art images often celebrate consumerism is ironic or witty ways.

• In New York in the 1960s, Pop Art won the attention of people around the world.

• Andy Warhol is often considered the greatest Pop artist. His Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Munro paintings are some of the most famous works in American history.

• Other great Pop artists include Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Hamilton.