Art History Lecture
POP! The Art of the Swinging Sixties
Pop burst onto the art scene in an explosion of cola bottles and soup cans.
But not every-one was popping their corks. Modernist critics, who had championed abstraction, were horrified by the 'low' subject matter. Fine Art, once a bastion against mass culture, was now embracing it. But Pop was popular. Its witty, sexy, youthful, look captured the swinging sixties.
The big names are well-known: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg. But did it start in New York or rather closer to home? Was Pop Art a critique of contemporary consumerism or a celebration of kitsch?
In this talk we will trace the development of Pop Art and enjoy some of its most iconic images.