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After the Second World War came the birth of the consumer society The American way of life with its emphasis on growth quantity consumption and fun dominated western values But underneath many of the same old dark forces raged on war - Berlin Korea Vietnam racial unrest the political intolerance of the early 1950s Among the young new values awoke and protest movements sprang up While existing abstract painting in America - notably Jackson Pollocks - found itself floundering for ideas Jasper Johns took notice of the object itself setting his scenes with icons of the familiar and the everyday The other great founder of Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg considered art as something closer to life - the world as one great painting Meanwhile in California another parallel track was emerging based on the deconstruction of technology Jim Dine the nature of silence John Cage and Roy Lichtensteins realization that the medium of the printed plate itself generated fertile subject matter - an art seated on the streetcorner taking the fullest part in life Suddenly sociological raw material had become art - Pop Art There was Tom Wesselmanns American Humdrum Claes Oldenbergs soda-pop themes - and inevitably Andy Warhol who stuffed the banal images of America back down its throat and then took what was for many the ultimate step and made himself into a living talking pop object Yet Pop Art had a third track - for many its real birthplace was England where even more than in California the most prominent art form was always music Richard Hamilton also took images from the everyday world but never abandoned his sensitivity as a painter nor in a later period does David Hockney In England Pop Art was never without its personal touch The film also features the work of Klein Tinguely Cesar Christo Spoeri Arman Raysse and many others
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