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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Christian Cowan has always got pop art, fun, color. Washington Post, "Christian Cowan honors his roots in Spain at NY Fashion Week," 15 Sep. 2019 Originally from Nebraska, Ruscha is a longtime fixture of the L.A. art scene, graduating from Chouinard Art Institute (later California Institute for the Arts), and beginning his career in pop art at the famed Ferus Gallery. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ed Ruscha Treasure Trove to be Auctioned by Christie's (Exclusive)," 14 Aug. 2019 In its totality, fried chicken is an odd compression of American history, capitalist self-interest, communal identity, pop art, and food nirvana. Wired, "Depth of Field: Visual Poetry in the Chicken Sandwich War," 29 Aug. 2019 The San Antonio attorney subsequently saw Ortiz at a fundraiser for the Texas Civil Rights Project and quickly realized that Ortiz hadn’t developed a strategy for protecting his distinctive Tex-Mex pop art from copyright infringement. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Logo dispute sparks firestorm in San Antonio art scene," 28 Aug. 2019 There are also a few pop art pieces such as a Mickey Mouse See Saw. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Food and art are at play at Dada in Delray Beach," 31 July 2019 Scarlett Johansson recently gave a candid interview in As If magazine, accompanied with a colorful spread of pop art photos. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Scarlett Johansson Sparks Backlash By Saying She’s Allowed To Play Anything — Even A Tree," 14 July 2019 McFly has become a sought-after artist in recent years for his vivid pop art style. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Artist Sheefy McFly won't face charges for arrest while painting for city of Detroit," 27 June 2019 Our pop art, too, is getting more comfortable being open with issues of mental health, as evidenced by multiple music and television projects. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "‘Neo Cab’ is the most perfect demo game I played at E3 2019. Here’s why," 14 June 2019

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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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