pop art

noun, often capitalized P&A

Definition of pop art 

: art in which commonplace objects (such as road signs, hamburgers, comic strips, or soup cans) are used as subject matter and are often physically incorporated in the work

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Other Words from pop art

pop artist noun, often capitalized P

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Tetris Effect takes one of the most beloved games of all time and elevates it to pop art, taking the player on an incredible cosmic journey that feels like nothing else. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Why Tetris Effect is my game of the year," 20 Dec. 2018 Next came Dree Hemingway, her buzz cut colored a similar shade of roseate, while Ariela Soares's cerulean updo offered a pop art counter to the navy iteration that followed. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hot Pink Hair! Printed Buzz Cuts! Punk is the New Pretty at London Fashion Week," 15 Sep. 2018 From a funerary eulogist spouting the tenets of Dadaism to a housewife praying to pop art at the dinner table, each role in the film comprises a different movement. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch her play a Jim Jarmusch-obsessed schoolteacher in an exclusive clip from the new film.," 2 June 2017 Following the pop art theme of the 1960s, the clip features bold colors and fonts, including the style's signature dotted skin on shuffling pictures of the two hip-hop artists. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign Release Pop Art Themed 'The Light' Lyric Video," 20 June 2018 Following her monthly Nightgowns show on Tuesday (June 17), Velour took the stage early in the day performing five separate numbers, each including its own monochromatic look to create a deconstructed rainbow true to her pop art style. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "5 Standout Moments From NYC Pride Island 2018," 24 June 2018 Now, more than 130,000 of these frames will be made available to the public via an upcoming book, exhibition and digitization initiative that offer new insights into the king of pop art’s personal life and artistic philosophy. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 Van Donna describes herself as a pop artist, but where Andy Warhol created pop art to commodify the ordinary, Van Donna uses its techniques to explore themes like romance and luxury. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Say It With Art: Get Your Bae The Same Painting Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle," 7 July 2018 Since her novels began arriving, each has been a dive into bookish homes of thoughtful artists, teachers and librarians, better versed in fine than pop arts. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Rebecca Makkai, author of Chicago-set 'The Great Believers,' knows the value of diligence," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of pop art

1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pop art

: art in which common objects (such as road signs, hamburgers, comic strips, or soup cans) are used or shown

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