Definition of pop art in US English:

pop art


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

    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, and Jasper Johns, who used images from comic books, advertisements, consumer products, television, and the movies

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful piece for lovers of both racing and pop art, and the sale of this beautiful poster benefits a great cause.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These trends point to a more complex reality than nineteenth-century realism, US pop art, or socialist realism in the East.’
    • ‘‘Forms like pop art are more popular in Britain,’ Hall says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His choice of synthetic polymer paint for these canvases enhanced their reference to pop art's mass-media sources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it too much to expect art, even pop art, from a Tom Clancy movie?’
    • ‘Good to know that globalization has brought ‘It's not kitsch, it's pop art!’’
    • ‘Roy Lichtenstein's pop art paintings had an immediate and forceful impact on my 17 year old grandson.’
    • ‘From pop art to modern irony, this type of comic has been sampled everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exhibition features everything from portraits to pop art as well as landscapes and abstracts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's why they're a bridge between abstract expressionism and pop art.’


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