Well, yes! The world of pop art is full of many surprises, interesting trivia and amazing facts. In this article, we bring you five interesting things that you most probably did not know, or never noticed about this art form. The remaining five things would feature in our next article, so do watch out for that too.
The origin, the pop art movement
The word ‘pop’ originated from popular, and signified that pop-art was one of the most popular art forms in all times. It began, not as an entity in itself, but as a retaliation against Abstract Artists. Though popular from the 1950s it continues to be celebrated even today, and the variety in styles is constantly growing.
The original Starting place?
Many think that the pop art movement began in Britain, while others claim that it was in the US. Well, the pop art movement began after the formation of the Independent Group in London. From this emerged the Britain pop art movement in the 1950s. Very soon, after that, the art form became prevalent in the US also, during the same time. In America too, people were looking for more relevant and inexpensive art forms, which led to the creation.
Differentiators of this style
The main things that make up pop art are: its connection with reality, ease of reproduction and public rights. This means that unlike high brow kinds of art, this is much more relevant with today’s age and times. Also, the techniques used (like screen printing, digital printing etc) make it easy to recreate multiple times for multiple purposes. Finally, the rights for using popart replicas are not with the artists who created the works, but the public at large, making it perfectly legal to use the designs in whatever ways they please.
Media influenced by it
Not just art, but various other new-age media has been influenced constantly. It is an important element of packaging design, as many designers inspire from it. This art form is commonly used for creating personalised gifts of clocks, watches, mugs etc. It also influences online web page designs, influences typographers, graphic designers and even home décor specialists. Many fashion designers take on from the art form too, with shirts, scarves and other clothing lines being regularly created.
Original pieces of art by the artists have high investment value and have only grown in price over the years. Popular auction houses regularly conduct auctions of pieces by top artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein etc.
Funny thing about Andy Warhol
Besides being an iconic artist and a great lover of the high celebrity life, he also had a penchant for collecting things from department stores. This shopaholic hoarded a huge collection of folk art, biscuit jars, soup cans, perfume bottles, white wigs and even souvenirs. He believed that department stores were more like contemporary museums.