History Of Pop Art Prints
Pop art arose as a response to a highly industrialized world inundated by mass media and commercial images in the early 1950s. Artists in London formed the Independent Group, a collective that considered the role technology, science, consumer culture, and everyday objects could play in the art world. In New York, artists were at a crossroads, debating whether to continue the painterly tradition of abstract expressionism or break away and create a new style. Many artists chose the latter, beginning a pre-Pop movement that encouraged artists to experiment with assemblage and found objects. Pop art of the 1960s blossomed into the colorful, kitschy tradition familiar to many today. Artists were concerned with incorporating mundane objects and elements of popular culture into their works. Many of these artists created pop art posters and prints using lithography and screen printing techniques. Andy Warhol silkscreened perhaps the most iconic pop art prints, including “Marilyn” (19678), “Campbell’s Soup 1” (1968), and “Elvis I & II” (1963). Painter Roy Lichtenstein produced over 300 prints, including “Sandwich and Soda” (1969) and “Seascape” (1965). Other artists known for their pop art prints include Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, and neo-pop artist Takashi Murakami.
Decorating With Pop Art Prints
If you favor bold colors, retro furniture and decor (particularly of the Atomic Age), and/or love the look of film posters and vintage ads, pop art prints may be the perfect choice for you. If you’d like your family or recreation room to have an edgier, more playful mood distinct from the rest of the home, consider decorating that particular space with a pop art theme. Pop art posters will also help foster an energizing, creatively-inspiring environment for craft rooms, design studios, and other spaces dedicated to creative endeavors.
Gifting With Pop Art Prints
If you know someone who loves pop art, is a pop culture junkie, or who appreciates retro kitsch, consider gifting them a pop art print by an emerging artist. For example, fans of Andy Warhol may appreciate such works as Jackie VHS (Gold) by Alexander Key, Jack IV by David Studwell, and Elvis - after Andy by Loui Jover. Those who appreciate Roy Lichtenstein may enjoy You! yes, You! by Keyvan Heydari and Crying Girls, Weeping Woman by Ken Surman.