pop art

Discipline: Art

(1959)

This term was used for the first time in 1959 by the British-born critic LAWRENCE ALLOWAY (1926-1990) in an article entitled 'The Arts and Mass Media'. From the 1960s onwards, it was used to describe the figurative work of such British and American artists as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987).

Their works, executed in a slick and humorous vein, typify the movement's interests in popular media, cars, film and urban culture; as well as in challenging the idea of 'high art' through their methods of production and reproduction.

Source:
M Livingstone, Pop Art (London, 1991)

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