Popular Culture and Art

Amber B. Williamson


March 7, 2016
Jamie Welch

Popular Culture and Art

During the twentieth century, America began to see a unique form of
pop art. Pop art is a form of art that uses imagery, styles, and themes of
advertising, mass media, and popular culture. Two of the most well-known
artist of this movement is Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Both artist
were intrigued by using popular events or people and creating collages.
Rauschenberg's, "Retroactive", is most famous for the oil and
silkscreen ink on a canvas. It includes pictures from magazines of events
that was happening at that time. He believed that a picture should not look
like something that it isn't. He wanted it to look like something that it
is and a picture is more like the real world when it's made out of the real
Warhol's famous collage is "Marilyn Diptych". In 1962, after the death
of Marilyn Monroe, Warhol made this piece that contains fifty images of
Marilyn. Warhol loved the use famous celebrities in his pieces. Marilyn
Diptych was named the third most influential piece of modern art in a
survey by The Guardian.
During this era, both Rauschenberg and Warhol used current events and
famous people that was well known throughout American. Rauschenberg focused
more on the events that was happening during the time. Warhol pieces
contained more celebrities and commercial icons. Both artist may had
different approaches of pop art but they are both the best of this time.
If I was to create a piece about my daily experiences out of found
object and imagery I would have to use my children's playroom. I have two
little girls and no matter how much I clean, the playroom is always a mess.
There always seems to be toys on the floor and juice cups on the tables.
This picture of the playroom may not seem like art to others but it shows
the true essences of the room.

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