Art Era Presentation: Pop Art By: Sara Frank

Description fully explaining What it is and When it began? Pop art is art that is based on the mass media and modern popular culture. It began in the 1950s in the United Kingdom but it didn't become popular until the 1960s. Pop art was mainly paintings of movies, famous people, and advertisements. When painting pop art, most artists use very bright colors and paint multiple pictures of the same thing to make the image "Pop".

Famous people, such as Marilyn Monroe pictured here, were featured in many pop art paintings.

The main purpose this Movement existed / Why did it start and why did it get popular? The pop art movement due to the period of economic growth after World War II in the United States. There was the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans and many protests going on at the time and artists wanted to overturn what they thought was a social order issue that caused these protests. Artists started to paint everyday objects using bright colors which they found got people's attention, so pop art became a popular way to advertise and create cartoons.

Name at least 4 famous artists from this movement. Four famous pop art artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, and Jasper Johns. Andy Warhol was famous for painting Campbell's soup cans, portraits of himself, and many famous people including Marilyn Monroe. Some of Roy Lichtenstein's famous paintings include Whaam!, Roast Turkey Shopping Bag, and Drowning Girl. Keith Haring is famous for his paintings Keith and Julia, Micheal Stewart- USA for Africa, Installation Shafrazi Gallery 1982, and many more. Some of the paintings Jasper Johns painted are Numbers in Color 0 through 9, White Flag, and 0 through 9^! 1961.

One of Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup can paintings
Roy Lichtenstein's famous painting "Whaam!"
Keith Haring's painting called "Keith and Julia"
"Numbers in Color 0 through 9" by Jasper Johns

List the characteristics or techniques used to paint this type of art (what makes it distinct from other types) Pop art is different from other types of art because of it uses very bright colors and allows the artist to express themselves and show their happy side by mixing many different colors. Pop art can be of the same object (such as the flower one below), or it can be random objects put together to create a scene like Tom Wesselman's paintings (Still Life #30 pictured in the 10 paintings section).

Example of bright colors used to create pop art.

Why was it given that name? What does the name mean? Pop art is called pop art because the artist uses very bright colors and usually uses contrasting colors like red and green or blue and orange to make the image pop out of the background. The name pop art means that the artist uses very bright and appealing colors to get the public's attention when it comes to advertsing, like the Campbell's soup can paintings that Andy Warhol painted.

10 examples of pop art from the pop art movement:

Mirror 1 by Roy Lichtenstein
Map by Jasper Johns
Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein
Campbell's soup cans by Andy Warhol
Hopeless by Roy Lichtenstein
Campbell's soup can pop art by Andy Warhol
In the Car by Roy Lichtenstein
Varoom! by Roy Lichtenstein
Still Life #30 by Tom Wesselman
Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

Why did you choose this movement? What about it made you like it? Explain why it appealed to you. I chose the pop art movement for my presentation because I like bright colors, I think pop art looks fun, and I like to be very creative. Although I think painting soup cans and celebrties can be boring, pop art can be of a wide variety of things, not just two or three.

What was commonly painted in this movement? Cartoons, popular imagery, such as celebrities, and advertisements, like the Campbell's soup cans, were commonly painted during the pop art movement.

Celebrties (Marilyn Monroe)
Advertisements (Coca Cola)
Campbell's soup cans (popular painting subject by Andy Warhol)

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