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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pop artist noun often capitalized P

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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 Driven by a peacemaker’s passion and righteous urgency, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy emerges as a red-hot rebel in a Roy Lichtenstein pop art print. Alice George, Smithsonian, "On the Eve of his Death, Robert Kennedy Was a Whirlwind of Empathy and Internal Strife," 7 June 2018 Other museums face similar problems: some of the paints in Jackson Pollock’s works were made with plastics, as were the acrylic sculptures of the pop art movement. Alex Wong, National Geographic, "The Race to Save Historic Plastic Artifacts," 31 May 2018 The 1960s were also the great age of pop art, with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein bringing the stylistic tics of advertising and comic books to canvases. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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pop art

noun

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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