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Pop art means popular and accessible art. It is understandable to most people, it is easy to recognize and explain. This is one of the biggest directions in the art of the twentieth century. Pop art originated in the UK and the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. Pop art came into being as a reaction to a completely different direction of contemporary art - abstract expressionism.
The history of pop art
The term "pop art" first appeared in the press in an article by the English critic Lawrence Alloway, in 1966 Elloway admitted: "At that time, I did not put into that notion the meaning that it contains today. I used this word on a par with the term "pop culture" to describe the products of the media, rather than works of art for which elements of this "popular culture" were used. In any case, the concept came into use sometime between the winter of 1954/55 and the year 1957 ".
The first "pop art" work was created by three artists who studied at the Royal College of Art in London - Peter Blake, Joe Tilson and Richard Smith. But the first work, which received the status of the icon of pop art, was the collage of Richard Hamilton "Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing??" (1956)
It is a composition of clippings from "color" magazines. The interior of the ordinary person’s house, which is stuffed with comfort items from advertising pages: it's a tape recorder, and a TV, a newspaper, and an enlarged fragment of a comic strip on the wall instead of a picture. Outside the window you can see a cinema. The central male figure is carved out of bodybuilding advertising; the naked woman is also taken from some magazine. The image of the real world is replaced by the collection of fictitious images of mass culture.
To understand what pop art is, we need to consider another direction in art - abstract expressionism. The artist liberates the mind from the laws of logic and expresses his inner world on canvas, as he "sees" and "feels". This sounds complicated! But in fact, it's still more complicated. For example, can you understand what is painted in the picture of the leader of abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock? The picture is called "The Key", do not be upset if you do not understand anything in it, remember that the artist abstractionist expresses his feelings. And usually a person does not understand where the key is, and where is the lock, and only tips of an experienced art critic can help you to understand it.
The same problem arose in the 50-ies of the twentieth century, despite the huge popularity, not all understood the work of artists of abstract expressionists. To appreciate them, a person should understand this kind of art. It made this art direction accessible not for everyone, but for the "elite". Pop art has become a kind of reaction, an opposition to abstract expressionism. Its motto was the idea: a return to reality, and not the imagination of the artist. The source of inspiration was advertising, magazines, food packaging, photography, television, idols, stereotypes, movies, supermarkets, and comics - in general, everything that occurs in the everyday life of most ordinary people.
Distinctive features of pop art:
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Pop art photos get the most attention; they have even more likes and comments in social media than the usual photos. It is also an excellent opportunity to make a creative gift to a loved one by printing and presenting such a photo.
First and foremost, Photza is a photo retouching service and our main specialty is the processing of portraits. So you can be sure that your pop art picture is perfect.
It is important to know that the best pop art effect can be created using the clear photographs with good contrast. Therefore, we recommend using the free photo evaluation form, which can be found on the main page and send the photo for a preliminary evaluation. Please add comments and notes of what kind of pop art photo you would like to have.