History has it that after the WWII, mass production took off and became the ish of the season, with television replacing radio as the most popular form of media. This being an influence that generated the ideas of the pop art. The term actually came from Lawrence Alloway, a British Museum Supervisor. After he used the term to describe the new form of “popular” art that had a modern feel. Pop art is a style, an art movement that took off in the 1950s.
Do you like looking at bold images of every day items painted in bright colours?, well, pop art was about that. Not only did the artists paint in bright colours, but they set to establish the fact that art could borrow items from any source (TV) and there’s no hierarchy of culture by blurring the boundaries between “high” art and “low” culture. Unlike how Abstract Expressionists searched for trauma in the soul, pop art tend to search for traces of trauma in the mediated world of advertising, cartoons and popular imagery at large. Pop art sought to connect fine art with the masses and involved using imagery that ordinary people could recognize and relate to.