The term pop art was first coined by John McHale in 1954. Essentially, it is an art movement which emerged in Britain in the mid 1950s, and then subsequently spread to the US. Pop[ular] art focuses on popular or mass culture. I.e. topics with overwhelming presence and popularity in the media. As such it can be a comment on society or the opposite by simply saying ‘Here society is’ or ‘this is what we are like’. Pop art has magpie mentality by employing imaging and techniques from advertising and comic books.
There were and still are many pop artists, but any list of pop artists would always include the three names of Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warholl.
See also Arte Povera and Pep Art.
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