Beginning in the mid-1950s, pop art is the inclusion of subject matter from popular culture and mass media into artwork. Pop art avoids original or complex imagery, instead portraying ordinary objects in an upfront and realistic style, and relies on simple, bold primary colors. Pop art often uses techniques such as repetition to minimize the perception of value or exclusivity of art and appeals to the characteristics of mass-production such as print and photography.
Since the intent of pop art is to reference and relate popular culture to traditional fine art, many people are drawn to this art style for its ability to easily connect with the viewer’s everyday reality. Today, pop art is also a source of nostalgia for many of the popular media symbols of the past.
Image: Crying Girl by Roy Lichtenstein / Courtesy of Google Images.