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The notorious Campbells soup can painting- Was Andy Warhol a great artist fighting materialism or was it trite radical realism unworthy of artistic critical review This style of art known as Pop Art was coined by the English critic Lawrence Alloway in 1958 Web museum 1 The pictorial themes of Pop Art are motivated by every day life Pop Art 1 Some of the most common icons include ice-cream seven-up Pepsi-cola tooth paste canned soup cigarettes and match boxes With such trivial subject matter does this movement qualify and deserve real artistic acclaim A better understanding of the ideas that propelled Pop suggests that it is in fact commendable To some extent the age of the critic might play a role in the appraisal Duncan 87 Older generations born before the 1960s remember the exuberant optimism that lay at the core of Pop superficial maybe but promising a fresh world of demotic feeling Bann 121 In the 1960s the shock of Pop the excitement of happenings and the cool of minimalism provided an emergence of a new attitude According to Jahn happenings directly challenged viewers perceptions of social patterns and of conformity to conventions 66 Pop like so many other styles of art raised questions of meaning Was it art What was the message Was it the celebration or parody of the mass-consumer world Happenings and Pop Art evoked strong emotional response during this era Artworks in this style challenged social conventions and offered models for new ways to relate to our culture and to one another Gablic 20 thus making an important social contribution while prompting a change Pop culture and lifestyle became closely intertwined in the 1960s WWW Pop Art 1 During the radical events of this time viewing habits and behavior changed to a new understanding of objects and art If art is assessed by the relevance to its society and the message it conveys then surely Pop Art is worthy of
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