Author: Klaus Honnef
Publication date: 2012
Extent: 95 pp
Dimensions: 185mm x 230mm
Illustrations: Full-colour throughout
Less a distinct style than the concrete expression of being in a particular era, Pop art began as a revolt against mainstream approaches to art and culture and evolved into a wholesale interrogation of modern society, consumer culture, and the role of the artist and artwork.
The movement’s primary provocation was to defy ideas of the artistic canon or “originality” by integrating mass market imagery into their works. Whether advertising slogans, famed Hollywood faces, comic-strip-style characters, or the packaging of consumer products, the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein knowingly reproduced mundane, everyday images from popular culture.
At the same time, Pop art reduced the role of the individual and challenged the notion of originality by deploying mass production techniques such as screen printing. Like a hall of mirrors, the resulting works came to interrogate both the ideas and desires of contemporary culture, and its state of simulacra, whereby images, substitutes, and representations come to define the experience of “reality.”
Pop artists of the 1960s, heralded by the Great Andy Warhol, commented on everything from mainstream media to consumer society to advertising to product packaging with colorful and often comical works. Pop Art`s profound influence on contemporary art and culture remains prominent today. Nowhere else can you find so much Pop Art in such a compact, stylish book!
Featured artists include:
Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Allan Jones, Allan d’Arcangelo, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Phillips, George Segal, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Ramos, David Hockney, Jim Dine, and Red Grooms