Pop Art

Two phenomena revolutionised the world of culture and everyday life from the 1950s onwards: Rock 'n' Roll and Pop Art.

At Bill Haley's concerts in Germany, young people smashed the furniture, while on canvas, artists such as Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987) provoked the prevailing intellectually grounded, abstract-painting art scene so lastingly and successfully that they became true superstars of painting.

ARTES exclusively presents original works by Andy Warhol, James Francis Gill, Alex Katz, and other prominent Pop Art artists.

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Pop Art

The emergence of Pop Art is unimaginable without the visual language of advertising and comic strips. 

In their radical departure from the prevailing expressionist painting, David Hockney, a participant in documenta in Britain, or Wolf Vostell in Germany often processed everyday objects with the means of collage into bright, oversized visual worlds.

As a deliberate departure from academic painting, they mostly lacked any depth of field. The viewers are addressed directly with clear representationalism in the illustration and reduced colouring, often using only primary colours.

Richard Hamilton is considered the "father of Pop Art" with his collage "Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?" from 1956, in which all the elements of this style already appear.

Pop Art and Pop music formed a symbiosis that dusted off the concept of "culture" from its elitist habitus. Among other things, Warhol designed an album cover for the Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground.