Pop art appeared in Britain in the1950s bu the word “Pop” firstly used to describe popular culture. In the prime time, it was not an art but when artists started to use popular culture in their works, pop art as a form was born. In the 50s, artists realized mass media’s effects on their lives and they were stand against Abstract Expressionism which dominate traditional High Art. Abstract Expressionism was serious and has dynamic gestures. It was choosed to show emotions rather than subjects such as Jackson Pollock’s works.
The History of Pop Art During the late 1950s and early 1960s, a cultural innovation was born in the United States and United Kingdom. This era of art work is known as Pop Art. Pop Art is known as one of the most controversial, surprising, and unique forms of art. In the year of 1954, Lawrence Alloway created the term “popular culture” which refers to things such as advertisements, photos, and magazines (Understanding Art 502). Soon after popular culture became familiar to artists, Pop Art slowly evolved.
The 1960s was one of the most controversial decades in American history. The 1960s was a decade of new democratic ideals. People from all races fought against discrimination and segregation. John F. Kennedy and MLK Jr. were assassinated and the culture in the 1960s reflected the social changes that were happening at the time. Although the African-American Civil Rights Movement started in the mid-1950s, it escalated in the 1960s.
Warhol was influenced by 1950’s America which was a land of conformity and consumerism. People worshipped Hollywood stars and everyday items rather than God. "Pop art expressed the idea that the American common stock of shared cultural Knowledge no longer came from high-culture sources such as literature or mythology, or from religion, but rather from television, movies, and advertisements” (Gyure 2). The american society during the 1950s were centered around commercialism. Warhol criticized the ideals of the 1950’s through his paintings which he created in the 1960’s.
It is an art movement that started in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States. It was a time that was optimism and post war economic had a huge consumer boom. New products are hitting the shelves, advertising and magazine told people what to buy and made them want to buy it. Movie stars fill the movie screen, giving rise to the celebrity culture and the youth fought for freedom. Many people were unable to voice opinions and feelings, the passion of the post war era was reflected through art.
Blacks sought to escape poverty, Jim Crow, and racism as a new KKK formed. Northern cities attracted a new generation of black men because of enfranchisement, jobs created by industrialization and WWI, and media outlets such as The Crisis. These newspapers and magazines promised economic prosperity and more freedom, both politically and socially. The Harlem
In late 19th century Paris, ‘Impressionism’ shone out as a completely different style of art all about showing motion and capturing sun light in paintings. Up to the birth of Impressionism, painting was taken very seriously with regards to the content of religion, history and portraits. Painters used to paint indoors whereas impressionist painters preferred and encouraged painting outdoors to closely feel the real landscape. And also, they never bothered with all the detail instead quickly captured what they were impressed by essence of a particular moment of impression. The impressionist painters were Manet, Monet and Renoir.
When people look at the 1980’s, the question often times asked is, “what was even going on”. Known for its characteristically bright neons, crazy hair dos, and high school coming of age films, this decade definitely made a mark on history. Oftentimes stereotyped with these aspects, the reality of the decade was revolt against the social, financial, and political turmoil of the 1960’s and 70’s. Predating this decade, the United States of America had seen many conflicts in all aspects of life and culture. Beginning in the 1960’s, a new age of counterculture was on the rise.
Pop art era originated in New York during the mid-1950s and ended in the early 1970s. It focused on familiar places in citizen’s day to day life, creating commercial images and during this time Pop art boomed because of the media World War II was receiving. Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “WHAAM!” would mostly fall under the category of the Pop art era for the reasons being that it is based on an image from a DC comic “All American Man of War” which was published by DC comics in 1962. Lichtenstein presented a powerfully charged scene in an impersonal manner, leaving the viewer to decipher the meaning for themselves. The painting is in a comic style of art (Pop Art) and depicts two fighter jets (one owned by the United States the other owned by the Soviet Union) in the air with one shooting a missile towards the other jet with a humongous “WHAAM!” giving the painting a cartoon feel by emphasizing the onomatopoeic lettering in a yellow box, showing that the plane has blown up.
A period of purity and trust soon changed into a period of hate and savagery. People in the America challenged to claim justice and put an end to the discriminatory of black citizens led by Martin Luther King Jr., Protests of the Vietnam War increased, and the women want their equality. All the hopes of becoming the new America no longer exist when John F. Kennedy, the 35th President was gunned down in Dallas, Texas. On the other hand, the 1960’s were an extraordinary decade due to numerous of popular culture; The “Hippies” were born and so does the Maxies dresses, two of the leading names in the music industry, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, won the audience 's heart by only on the early years of 1960, Audrey Hepburn, a remarkable actress who starred in most of Hollywood’s