Pop Art

pop art, movement that restored realism to avant-garde art; it first emerged in Great Britain at the end of the 1950s as a reaction against the seriousness of abstract expressionism. British and American pop artists employed imagery found in comic strips, soup cans, soda bottles, and other commonplace objects to express formal abstract relationships. By this means they provided a meeting ground where artist and layman could come to terms with art. Incorporating techniques of sign painting and commercial art into their work, as well as commercial literary imagery, pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol attempted to fuse elements of popular and high culture, erasing the boundaries between the two.

See L. Alloway, ed. Modern Dreams: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Pop Art (1988); H. Foster, The First Pop Age (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Pop Art: Selected full-text books and articles

Explorations: The Visual Arts since 1945 By Katherine Hoffman HarperCollins, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Pop art is discussed extensively in Part II "The Upheavals: The 1960s"
Pop Art and the Origins of Post-Modernism By Sylvia Harrison Cambridge University Press, 2001
American Artists on Art from 1940 to 1980 By Ellen H. Johnson Westview Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Pop Art"
Topics in American Art since 1945 By Lawrence Alloway W. W. Norton, 1975
Librarian’s tip: "The Sixties, II: Pop Art" begins on p. 117
Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things By Dick Hebdige Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "In Poor Taste: Notes on Pop"
Art in the Age of Mass Media By John A. Walker Westview Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Pop Art Translates Mass Culture" begins on p. 22 and "American Pop" begins on p. 31
On Modern American Art: Selected Essays By Robert Rosenblum Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Pop Art and Non-Pop Art 1965" begins on p. 186
Sculpture since 1945 By Andrew Causey Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Pop Art" begins on p. 100
Cultural Revolution? The Challenge of the Arts in the 1960s By Bart Moore-Gilbert; John Seed Routledge, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Pop Art, the Artist, and the Tradition" begins on p. 258
On Art, Artists, Latin America, and Other Utopias By Luis Camnitzer; Rachel Weiss University of Texas Press, 2009
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Political Pop"
A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art By Ian Chilvers Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Pop Art" begins on p. 484
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