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American Pop Art was born of the newly found self-confidence with which American art had asserted itself The subject matter which provided the initial impulse was the cultural concept of Americanism itself the idea of progress the media industry sensation and the relative boom of stardom and cultural icons in Hollywood The birth place of these new phenomena seems to have its roots in the city of New York the so called cultural center of the USA In the relative upheavals of the forties and fifties the generation which preceded Pop Art brought forth a new tendency in realism using contemporary subject matter which paved the way for the American Pop art of the sixties The development of American Pop Art occurred in several phases marking various responses of different artists to the challenge of their times The so-called heyday of this movement came in the middle of the sixties This phase determined the emergence of a number of important artists whose work was rooted in the fifties and partly founded on experience acquired in commercial art design and poster-painting With the sponsorship and patronism of a few certain committed and experimental New York galleries this phase of Pop Art grew and spread quickly - despite clearly voiced protest Pop Art achieved success and recognition as a real new art movement These exhibitions were accompanied by Happenings theater performances counter-demonstrations and street actions Outside New York the earliest tangents of American Pop Art came from California The center of this West Coast Pop was Los Angeles The city produced a lasting influence and an interesting variant of Pop Art along with many Pop artists of its own One such artist with her visually poetic statements flashy fonts eye-catching colors and juxtaposing of upbeat language of billboard signs street signs magazine ads and cereal box logos Sister Corita Kent was at the center of this movementSister Corita is widely considered one of the most prominent American
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