Definition of pop art in English:

pop art


mass noun
  • Art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.

    • ‘The 60s gave us the conversation pit, blow up furniture, pop art, and op-art while in the 70s any wall colour would do as long as it was brown.’
    • ‘The pop art icon Warhol was also a religious man - a little known fact.’
    • ‘Victoriana, primitive painting, pop art and surrealism are among the traditions ripe to be picked up from along the way.’
    • ‘Located in Centro Storico, you enter an extraordinary space decorated in all manner of colourful kitsch, with pop art and plastic furniture scattered around like it's Warhol's Factory.’
    • ‘Part Norman Rockwell, part Andy Warhol, Segal's work has been tossed in to every category from American realism and pop art to social expressionism and figurative sculpture.’
    • ‘From pop art to modern irony, this type of comic has been sampled everywhere.’
    • ‘Roy Lichtenstein's pop art paintings had an immediate and forceful impact on my 17 year old grandson.’
    • ‘And just as artists' styles range from Norman Rockwell's homespun Americana to Andy Warhol's loud pop art, each of these skaters is genius in a different way.’
    • ‘These trends point to a more complex reality than nineteenth-century realism, US pop art, or socialist realism in the East.’
    • ‘His choice of synthetic polymer paint for these canvases enhanced their reference to pop art's mass-media sources.’
    • ‘‘Forms like pop art are more popular in Britain,’ Hall says.’
    • ‘Good to know that globalization has brought ‘It's not kitsch, it's pop art!’’
    • ‘It is a wonderful piece for lovers of both racing and pop art, and the sale of this beautiful poster benefits a great cause.’
    • ‘Whether Asian Americans are buying traditional or contemporary, calligraphy on rice paper or pop art made from mixed media, they look for at least some reference to the Far East.’
    • ‘The exhibition features everything from portraits to pop art as well as landscapes and abstracts.’
    • ‘That's why they're a bridge between abstract expressionism and pop art.’
    • ‘For Hopkins to have fleshed out the story would have required a show five or six times this size, ranging freely across surrealism, pop art, performance and conceptualism.’
    • ‘Is it too much to expect art, even pop art, from a Tom Clancy movie?’
    • ‘In the 60s, for instance, the technique of silk screens, previously used for commercial art, lent itself very much to pop art as used by Andy Warhol and Richard Hamilton.’

The term is applied specifically to the works, largely from the mid 1950s and 1960s, of a group of artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Peter Blake, who used images from comic books, advertisements, consumer products, television, and cinema


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