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"Pop" in Art


My artist friend John says-- not always favorably-- that I have a "pop" sensibility. This is usually when I do some impulsive art act, or just describe an attention getting gambit that would further erode the boundary between art and play.

Pop Art is often playful-- Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Wayne Thiebold, or Jasper Johns, all ranking members of the tribe-- sometimes make me smile. Tho I told Mark I'd hate to drive by a giant clothespin on my way to work every day. (MIA has Oldenburg's Cherry balanced on a Spoon in its Sculture Garden-- which is where it belongs.)

A documentary I recently watched said the shift from Modern to PostModern in Art happened by 1970, stimulated most prominently by Andy Warhol who, for better and worse, is certainly the most famous visual artist, and maybe the most influential in American culture, of the latter half of the 20th Century.

But as I argue in another post, I think the shift to full postmodern status in American painting happened in the 1950s with Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns who were not only proto-Pop (e.g., Johns flags and targets) but seminal figures for nearly every post-modern blossom on the tree of delights in the 1960s.. Conceptualism, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Fluxus... all manifestations of post-modern expression (to be revisited re specific artists as I proceed).

Is there any Pop left in Pop?

#artnotes #artspeakes

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