pop art


often capitalized P&A
: 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
pop artist noun often capitalized P

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Red + Citrus Make like the firm White Webb and opt for pop art elegance in your powder room, combining a super-saturated red hue with complementary warm tones of orange and yellow. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 13 Apr. 2023 Damon suddenly blurted out, before asking if Kimmel had put a pop art filter on the screen. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2023 Credit: Victor Boyko/Getty Images Scott was the third designer to lead Moschino, carrying on the legacy of Franco Moschino, who founded the label in 1983 with pop art, camp and playful irony influencing his ready-to-wear collections. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 The first career retrospective of the revered L.A. artist who is known for her conceptual and collage-based art, which was largely informed by the pop art and feminist movements of the 1970s. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 The dorm bedroom is long gone with a Pettibon above the bed replacing the off-the-shelf pop art. Curbed, 29 Dec. 2022 This apparent critique of rampant commercialism predated the pop art of Andy Warhol. Andy Grundberg, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Warhol may be best known for his pop art prints of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, but this piece just joined the most valuable post-war works ever to sell at auction. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 Created by Fort Worth muralist Kristen Soble, the latex painting has a pop art feel, according to its website. Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pop art was in 1965

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“Pop art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pop%20art. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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