Friday, June 5, 2009
Pop Art is best understood in light of the previous popular ideas of Abstract Expressionism and sought not only to focus the genre on iconic images popular of the time, but, in so doing, allow art to be enjoyed and more easily understood by all. By taking images and ideas of common society, Pop Art was a direct reaction to the more elitist culture of previous art forms and allowed for a much broader audience. However, as the beginning is inspired by the ending one, so too, the ending often inspires the beginning of other forms of art. Thus, Pop Art is thought to be one of the last great movements of Modern Art thus issuing in an age of Contemporary or Postmodern Art.
Andrew Warhola, more commonly known as Andy Warhol, was the leading figure in pop art. Avant-garde filmmaker, painter, record producer, author- you name it, he did it! It's easy to see his influence on fashion and pop culture- look no further than the many album covers he designed for the Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground and Diana Ross. His alliances with Grace Jones, John Lennon and Debbie Harry were well-known, while Lou Reed and David Bowie have recorded songs in dedication to him. Christina Aguilera has also touted that her new album, to be released sometime this year, is to have been influenced by him.