Pop art is art that is bright, fun, and different. Instead of art about mortality or history, pop art is about everyday life. Television sets, newspapers, and movie theaters were themes in pop art.
There is a fine line between fine art and popular culture. Pop artists were looking to cross that line to create something different. The artists used mechanically made prints as their medium. Pop art emerged in the 1950s, where positivity and optimism flourished in post-war America and Britain. But in the 1960s, the popular culture shifted to appeal to teenagers and young adults who were more interested in music and fashion. The mainstream culture was filled with actors, musicians, and artists from different social classes; they were the social elite at the time. As a result, pop artists also changed their focus to the popular culture by using common images of the time.
Pop art originated in the 1950s in post-war Britain. British artists such as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Alan Jones all influenced pop art to become what it is today. In the 1960s, pop art made its way to America, focusing on technology and mass production. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were American artists who made iconic pieces of pop art.
In 1962, Andy Warhol made Campbell’s Soup Canned Tomato. Campbell’s Soup Canned Tomato was a silks-screened can of Campbell’s tomato soup, which showed the art world something they’ve never seen before. In 1967, David Hockney made A Bigger Splash, which consisted of a pool next to the house, with a diving board, and a big splash in the water. Peter Blake created the famous pop art collage, which was the album cover for the Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1963, Roy Lichtenstein made Wham!. Wham! was a comic book style painting. On the left side of the painting, there is in American fighter plane shooting a missile. The pilot is saying “I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky…” and on the right side, in big lettering, is the word ‘Whaam!.’ Whaam! became his most popular work and a major milestone American Art
Just like pop culture, things change, and pop art faded away. However, the movement and the art will always be a part of art history.
[Source: Art That Changed the World]