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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.