The legacy of Pop Art lives on in this specially curated selection of emerging artists, established names, and counter-cultural icons. Today Pop Art is a widely used term to describe fine art that incorporates ubiquitous images from mainstream culture to highlight Read More >>
their flaws, find the hidden messages in their presence, or subvert them in some way. Pop Art first emerged in the 1950s and 1960s in the work of Robert Rauschenberg and later Jasper Johns, and was characterized by an interest in ordinary objects, irony, and by confidence in the power of images. In America Pop Art found its spiritual home in New York, where artists like Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine , Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol first came to prominence. However, if Pop Art cited a corporate-specific consumer culture, it came into its own with its distinct brand of irony, and although it borrowed heavily from the materials of mass culture, it in turn created its own stylistic innovations.
It is these innovations that we celebrate today with this collection of contemporary Pop Art. British street artist Banksy breathed new life in the Pop Art sphere with his own brand of Guerilla Art, taking painting out of the gallery and firmly into the public sphere. The fact that Banksy’s work shares a public realm with advertising images and billboards has forced his work to adopt the same tools used by ad agencies around the globe. The fact that the message is one of rebellion and refusal grants his work the same power of irony and refusal that first made Pop Art so invigorating. In many of our specially-selected artists can be seen a resurgence in the early ethics of this visually disarming movement that has come to challenge all the preconditions held about our most ubiquitous images and icons.