Postwar American art

Pop Art

Can you celebrate consumer culture at the same time that you critique it? Pop artists thought so.

c. 1956 - 1980

Beginner's guide

The term “Pop Art” first emerged in Great Britain after World War II, but the approach can be traced back even further.

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Warhol, <em>Coca-Cola [3]</em>
Warhol, Coca-Cola [3]

With this canvas, Coca-Cola [3], Warhol becomes Warhol.

The Case for Andy Warhol
The Case for Andy Warhol

By laying bare the relationship between commerce and art, Warhol nullified the idea of being a sell out.

James Rosenquist, <em>F-111</em>
James Rosenquist, F-111

This war machine seemed obsolete before it was finished; Rosenquist explains why he painted it with SpaghettiOs.

Why is this art? Andy Warhol, <em>Campbell’s Soup Cans</em>
Why is this art? Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans

By putting this in the museum, we see this as art. But what if it weren’t there?

Roy Lichtenstein, <em>Rouen Cathedral Set V</em>
Roy Lichtenstein, Rouen Cathedral Set V

How do you make a nineteenth-century masterpiece ask twentieth-century questions?

Claes Oldenburg, <em>Floor Cake</em>
Claes Oldenburg, Floor Cake

Oldenburg’s wonderfully floppy, sloppy cake is filthy, humorous, and not at all edible.

Andy Warhol, <em>Gold Marilyn Monroe</em>
Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn’s floating head, garishly colored, functions as the Virgin Mary in a Byzantine icon.

Claes Oldenburg, <em>Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks</em>
Claes Oldenburg, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks

This sculpture, installed on the Yale campus during Vietnam War protests, was never meant to be permanent.

Andy Warhol, <em>Marilyn Diptych</em>
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych

Warhol used a quasi-mechanical process of silkscreen to reproduce Marilyn Monroe’s familiar face again and again.

Pop Art
Pop Art

Pop seems to glorify popular culture, but a second look reveals a critique of post-war marketing and consumerism.

Contemporary Art, an introduction
Contemporary Art, an introduction

Since 1960, artists have come up with countless ways to engage audiences on a huge spectrum of topics.

Selected Contributors | Pop Art