Pop Art - All American Style

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POP Art - All American Style The amount of money and time we waste in this country is always under scrutiny. Ron English takes this controversy to new heights. His art screams modern pop culture. He will boldly display what most people are thinking. His billboards are filled with controversy and that is just the way he likes it. He makes no excuses for what he represents. English says that he is only speaking the truth and dispute is something he never shies away from. He attacks our everyday bombardment of capitalism through advertisements. He takes the original and changes it into his pop art. In his essay, Ways of Seeing, John Berger maintains that “History always constitutes the relation between a present and its past. Consequently…show more content…
Explicit and daring are two words that come to mind when describing English. He is often compared to the late Andy Warhol who was the propaganda icon of the 1960s and 1970s. According to the Oxford reference online, “Warhol’s second exhibition was a sensational success and Warhol soon became the most famous figure in American Pop art. He adopted the screen-print process, which allowed unlimited replication. His practice was very different from the fine art limited edition screen-print as produced in the period by artist such as Paolozzi and Kitaj” (3). I thought this was a thought-provoking quotation because of the one word, replication. Like English, Warhol wanted his art to seen by all. He wanted to be able to reproduce at a faster rate than painting freehand. Reproduction can be a double-edged sword. It takes away from the awe of standing in front of what the artist touched, maybe just hours beforehand. This is an incredible feeling. I have seen great works of art in person and there is nothing quite as inspiring in seeing King Tut’s exhibition rather than looking at it in the National Geographic. When I see the same thing in a magazine or book, I am reminded of how much greater the experience was to behold it in person. Reproduction does however link the world together by
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