Introduction to Modern Art and Society
Lecture by Simon Morley
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pop Art
Modern Art and Society:
Prof. Simon Morley
LECTURE: POP ART
• 1. POP ARTISTS
• Pop Art - An art movement and style that had its origins in the UK in the 1950s and also emerged in the United
States during the early 1960s. Pop artists focus attention on familiar images of mass or popular culture such as
billboards, comic strips, magazine advertisements, and supermarket products. They thereby challenge ideas about
the nature and content of high art and the myth of originality by incorporating the new systems of mass production
into art making. Leading exponents are Jasper Johns (American, 1930-), and Robert Rauschenberg (American,
1925-2007), Richard Hamilton (British, 1922-), Andy Warhol (American, 1930-1987), Roy Lichtenstein (American,
• popular culture - Low (as opposed to high) culture, parts of which are known as kitsch.
• mass culture - The popular culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media.
• mass media - The technological media used for communication to a large (or mass) population. These generally
include newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet.
2. Special Focus: Words in Art