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Most Pop artists aspired to an impersonal, urbane attitude in their works. Some examples of Pop art, however, were subtly expressive of social criticism—for example, Oldenburg’s drooping objects and Warhol’s monotonous repetitions of the same banal image have an undeniably disturbing effect—and some, such as Segal’s mysterious, lonely tableaux, are overtly expressionistic.
Pop art, art in which commonplace objects (such as comic strips, soup cans, road signs, and hamburgers) were used as subject matter and were often physically incorporated in the work.
Antonio Caro, “Colombia,” 1977. Sold for $10,000 via Phillips (May 2014).
Andy Warhol. Sold for $17,327,500 via Sotheby’s (May 1998).
The pop art movement was important because it represented a shift in what artists considered to be important source material. Where as in the past, artists tended to draw inspiration from the sublime—from nature and religion—pop art involved drawing inspiration from the mundane aspects of everyday life, from TV, movies, and repetitive commercials. It was a movement which sought to connect fine art with the masses and involved using imagery that ordinary people could recognize and relate to. Warhol’s soup cans are a prominent example of this focus on the mundane and everyday, and in fact Warhol himself claimed that he painted them because Campbell’s soup is what he usually would have for lunch.
One of the main characteristics that distinguishes pop art from other art movements is this focus on derived work. Most pop art works, instead of deriving from the artist’s interpretation of some aspect of reality, derives from the artist’s interpretation of art that already exists. Many of Warhol’s paintings for example were nearly exact replicas of existing advertisements, and some were silk screen printings of photographs that had been taken by others. Roy Lichtenstein‘s work consisted almost entirely of slightly-altered copies of the original artwork of others, from his comic book panels to his re-interpretations of famous works of fine art.