Essay about Pop Art’s Response to Mass Consumerism

1133 Words Oct 24th, 2008 5 Pages
Part One: Introduction to Pop Art The Pop Art movement “uses elements of popular culture, such as magazines, movies, … and even [brand name] bottles and cans” to convey a message about the artist’s views on society. Using bold coloured paintings, soft sculptures, and printmaking, artists would create facsimiles, similar reproductions of popular merchandise and collages. The purpose was to emphasize the banality of any given mass culture. This was a response the post-war conservative society which focused on consumerism and the consumption of name-brand products. The American economy had significantly risen for the first time in 30 years which lead to the mass consumption of goods and conformity of the majority. Acrylic paint was first …show more content…
Arguably one of his most famous pieces of art, Whamm! displays this method of painting. Those methods make the panels look different from the original panels but remarkably similar at the same time. By designing his subjects the way the mass media portrayed them, rather than attempting to accurately reproduce the subject Lichtenstein helped define the Pop Art movement. David Hockney was an English artist who worked in Los Angeles. Hockney was well trained in many different studios, including lithography, painting and photocollage. Hockney experimented with all sorts of ideas, including an entire painting in mainly warm colours and done in reverse perspective. A lot of his older work also dealt with issues that were previously shunned by most of society and made slight references to his homosexuality. However, it is the fact that his painting Typhoo Tea was one of the first to incorporate a brand named product, which shows Hockney helped inspire the movement to become as large as it became globally. Andy Warhol is probably the most infamous artists to emerge from this time period. Not only was Warhol a painter, he was also a commercial illustrator, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, and author. His affection for consumerism and pop culture led him to create pieces of controversial art that is still popular today. Warhol was infatuated by