Chronology MMoCA Collects


Pop art (1958–1970)

Pop art was an important movement that helped define the art of the 1960s. Beginning in England in the late 1950s, American Pop art flourished in the next decade—both British and American artists served as important examples to artists in other countries, notably France, Germany, and Italy.

American Pop art drew its "low-brow" subjects and techniques from popular culture—the ordinary, everyday world of consumer goods. Imagery was borrowed from comic strips, the tabloid news, the domestic world of household objects, and commercial advertising. But Pop artists always transformed their source materials by large scale, bold colors, and exaggerated forms. Although their presentations of popular culture could be deadpan and often humorous, there was always an ironic dimension to the work that both celebrated and critiqued the American dream of the good life.

The most important American Pop artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, and Andy Warhol.