Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Buying Pop Art Paintings

Buying Pop Art Paintings

Contrary to popular belief Pop Art actually started in the UK in the 1950's and not in the USA in the 1960's as most people assume. One phrase espoused by art historians which fairly describes the origins of modern pop art is that pop art was born in England and grew up in America . Many small galleries, websites,eBay and even more traditional décor retailers are now featuring a range of affordable pop art paintings. Pop Art's been around for a long time hasn't it? Some would argue that the recent and re-explosion of the retail trade in the sale of original Pop Art paintings is the post-modern realisation of Warhol's vision of the role of art within modern society. Warhol's work in democratising art production and ownership were naturally hindered by the physical limitations of the amount of art he could personally produce. This inspired Warhol to set up his Art Factory (a studio production team mainly producing screen prints of Andy's original designs in the earlier years and a fully autonomous art machine in later years).
Industrialist art emancipates art from the modernist notion of the struggling artist working magic in his lonely garret and returns instead to an earlier model of the art studio collective producing art to order.

Pop art in one sense has reduced art to the mundane (Warhol's Campbell Soup can being an obvious example) and yet, simultaneously, elevated popular culture, media and celebrity itself to the lofty heights of art.
The Pop Art movement began during the 1950s and 60s in Britain and America evolving around the products of the mass media.  Originally considered a counterattack on Abstract Expressionism, the pop art movement usurped the French based Dada movement it terms of its battle against highbrow art and has never looked back.
Like Dada before it, the pop art movement used common items as its subject matter and the artists preferred commercial methods of production thus allowing unlimited reproductions of the art.  Pop art combines its mass produced, low cost, expendable, shiny nature to encourage the big money and bright lights to come calling.  Some question if pop art is a serious comment on the contemporary condition or simply a "joke without humour."  Traditional art critics may try to tell you what is and isn't popular art, but in the end the decision is entirely yours.
The accessibility of pop art makes almost everyone with an urge to create a pop artist.  And although pop art has long since spawned many different sub categories and new and unusual mediums; it all comes back to art for, of and by the masses. With every generation, America seems to become more youth oriented almost certainly guaranteeing the future of pop art and it's witty, young, sexy, gimmicky works.  The big business that is pop art is strengthened by the ongoing homogenization of America and the blurring of the lines between art, popular culture and commercialism.
Although many pop artists still display their works in galleries, pop art can arguably be found inside your Happy Meal from McDonalds.  So what is pop art and where is it going? well, in the words of one art critic, "I don't know art, but I know what I like and I like this."
Pop Art, a peculiar artistic innovation of the twentieth century, centered on the growing interests of several artists in mass media, advertising, comics, and consumer products imagery. English critic, Lawrence Alloway, in a 1958 issue of Architectural Digest, first used the term, 'Pop Art.' 'Pop Art' developed as a reaction against the then dominant 'Abstract Expressionist' art culture. The art includes irony and an artist's use of the mechanical means of creative reproduction, as the integrals. 'Pop Art' successfully reduced to a significant degree, the existing differences between 'good taste' & 'bad taste,' and between 'fine art' & 'commercial art' techniques.
Some of the leading exponents of Pop Art in America, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, adopted popular imagery, such as American flag and beer cans in their works.

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