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The pop art movement began in London during the 1950s and then quickly spread throughout nearly all of the industrialized world Although the artists did have some overlapping styles pop art focuses more on the subject and less on style which was left up to each individual artist The main themes that is evident in all pop art revolves around modern social values The style in which these values were portrayed varied depending on the culture and artist Critic Barbara Rose claimed in her review of a Pop Art show that Pop Art I wish to disagree with the assumption that pop art is an art style It is not these artists are linked only through their subject matter not through stylistic similarities This makes it possible to talk of the iconography or attitudes of Pop art but not of Pop art as an art style as one would speak of Baroque or Cubism Bondo 1998 In America Pop Art used the images and techniques of mass media advertising and popular culture often in an ironic way to play off the social issues of popular culture The art form developed rapidly once reaching the US New York City often viewed as the epicenter of American popular culture fostered the growth of many of the most highly regarded pop artists including Warhol Rosenquist Segal and Lichtenstein California namely San Fransisco was recognized as the Pop Art capital of the west coast Bourdon 1989 12 The subject of Warhols work revolved around various American social issues of the mid-century As America exited from World War II and entered the Baby Boom era the culture had become decidedly sanitized Some of this could be attributed to the Cold War and fear of the enemy The flight to suburbia mass production conservative family values and development of new social standards also played a major role in this Leave-it-to-Beavering of the nation This was also the period of
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