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Portrait of a Wrench

Pop Art is predicated on making the commonplace uncommon, taking what is hiding in plain sight and shinning an appreciative spotlight on it. View a poster that pre-dates the Pop Art movement.

Andy Warhol's Attraction to Herbert Bayer's Lips

When Alexey Brodovitch was art directing Harper’s Bazaar, he ran a striking cover by Herbert Bayer for its 1940 “College Fashions” issue. A three-quarter view photo of a woman’s face is duplicated in two rows of four: a clear newsstand …

Pop Art, Politics, and Critiques of Contemporary Culture

  Popular culture, capitalist critique, and female empowerment are among the topics of this, the last of a three-part feature on “Pop and Politics,” one of the programs at the 100th annual College Art Association conference in Los Angeles. Part …

The Pleasures, Politics, and Proto-Feminisms of Pop Art

In 1963, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique drew attention to the stifling state of American womanhood, and Roy Lichtenstein painted what might be considered a visual analogue: “Drowning Girl”, who’d rather be engulfed by tidal waves than call Brad for …

Today's Obsession: Tomas Tomas

Today, we’re looking at a gallery of tattooed pattern, mostly blackwork, from artist Tomas Tomas. Here’s one more gallery, and a link to his studio. His work synthesizes a link between Op Art and Maori patterns, modern and ancient illustrative …

Raise Hands if You Know This Artist

WHO is the godfather of English POP art, known for WHICH famous cover of WHAT famous record album by WHAT incredibly influential rock band? Raise your hands if you know Peter Blake (b. 1932). If you do – read on. …