After compiling half the list, we got down to researching for the other half of it. There are innumerable interesting and unknown facts about pop art, but we bottled them down to the most relevant five. Here they are again for you to read and enjoy.
Coincidence with pop music
The 1950s were also the time of shakin’, swinging and pop music. As the fan-base for everything new n’ wild increased, so did the acceptance of pop art. People liked flamboyance and were enjoying the era of consumerism, that had arrived right after the World War. So everything pop began around the same time, during the 1950s and the 1960s.
Satire in Art
It was only through this form of art that satire came center-stage. Be it blowing up images to massive proportions, overplaying emotions, underplaying reason or adding blurbs or satirical content, this art form did and continues to do it all. From bringing disturbing social evils onto walls to creating caricatures of political icons and celebrities, the visual vent is seen here.
What’s in the name Blek le Rat?
Many of you may know that Blek le Rat was a famous graffiti artist, known also as the father of stenciling in graffiti. However, few know the magic behind his name. He took to adding ‘le rat’ after his which when translated from French means ‘the rat’. He loved this name for he also loved painting images of rats and considered them to be the only free animal in town. And of course, like the rats, he kept the police on their feet, escaping capture many times.
Pop Art and Bright Colours
When pop art began as a culture, artists mainly used bright, vivid and predominant colours. These included reds, blues, yellows and often black and white too. The main reason for doing so was to enhance the liveliness of the image and make it more attractive. Contrary to other art forms, pop art has seldom been about making things look realistic and often been about making things look larger than life.
Pop Art continues to be Popular
As long as there are media and technology pushing things of interest our way, pop art will continue to remain popular. After 47 years, what began as a retaliation against abstract art has lived on. The art form lives on because it relates to people, talks about people and makes them laugh, smile and think. And so, the top fact about pop art will be that it has survived the test of time and will live for a long many years. Only its form and style will evolve to reflect the recent and the current.
Many exciting things happen in the world of pop art. And along with the bright styles of art, it is these stories that make pop art even more interesting, even more relevant and even more real. The above ten facts are just the visible tip of the iceberg. Soon we will bring you more such interesting stuff. Till then, au revoir and enjoy the art around you!