Inside Look at Pop Art


The 1950s and 1960s art movement, pop art, still exerts its influence today, especially its collage form, which you often see in digitized form in photo editing programs. Most popular in the United States and Great Britain, artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein created original art inspired by commercial graphic designs and other cultural elements, such as music, as the video illustrates.

Some pieces of contemporary pop art from this original area remain popular today, such as Warhol’s lipstick kiss logo for The Rolling Stones and his immortalization of screen actress Marilyn Monroe. David Hockney made art history with his work, “A Bigger Splash,” which immortalized the swimming pools of Los Angeles, a fact of the city’s residential buildings that fascinated the natives of London, England.

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You may have seen pop art even if you don’t have an interest in art. In 1967, a band known as The Beatles commissioned artist, Sir Peter Blake, to design its album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album and the artwork went down in music history, the artwork winning a Grammy.

Explore more pop art by visiting the National Galleries of Scotland in person or online.

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