Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop Art made commentary on contemporary society and culture, particularly consumerism, by using popular images and icons and incorporating and re-defining them in the art world.
There are very few common principles of the representatives of that movement. The only principle that they agree is to glorify the creative point of picturing, to designate which direction the picture goes and what the picture depicts. The basic factor designating the Pop Art movement is the demand of consumer society. In other words, it maintains the function as a publicity medium that assists the consumption. Often subjects were derived from advertising and product packaging, celebrities, and comic strips. Art in which commonplace objects (such as soup cans, hamburgers and road signs) were used as subject matter and were often physically incorporated in the work. While any product is represented in artistic expression, technics of the term (photography,press etc.) were also used. The images are presented with a combination of humor, criticism and irony. In doing this, the movement put art into terms of everyday, contemporary life. It also helped to decrease the gap between "high art" and "low art" and eliminated the distinction between fine art and commercial art methods.Pop Art, the art of the consumer society, manages to introduce the objects which it goes about to the society as a top values.
IMPORTANT POP ARTISTS
Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, George Segal, Keith Haring