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Pop Art

Unlocked by Alan Cumming

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Pop Art

"Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself." Roy Lichtenstein

Surprisingly, this art genre started in London in the 1950s as part of an art collective known as the Independent Group. Embraced by American artists, it quickly gained momentum on the other side of the Atlantic, where everyday objects and consumer products heavily influenced the imagery of the 1960s.  

The definition of art was redefined as mass production, making money and celebrity converged with consumerism, popular culture and irony. Iconic imagery, from the American flag, to Marilyn Monroe and Coca Cola paved the way for more stylistic interpretations in the form of comic strips and screen prints. Some thought it superficial, others that it confronted the post war world and mass production in a groundbreaking way.


The Presenter

Alan Cumming

As an actor, producer, director, writer and campaigner on both sides of the Atlantic, Alan has generated a hugely prolific haul of achievements and awards.

Star of the hit US TV show The Good Wife for which he has been nominated for an Emmy, he has a litany of great performances on stage and screen behind him alongside an OBE that he received for his services to film, theatre and the arts. He’s taken time out to get to grips with the evolution of Pop Art in all its post war glory.