Image by Clark Van Der Beken
MOST iNFLUENTIAL ART Magazine Issue 4 Cover.jpg

VOLUME 4

POP ARTS IMPACT ON AMERICAN CULTURE

BY   ASHLEIGH  S.  WILKERSON

The 1960’s can’t be mentioned without the lasting impression of Pop Art, and it's great contribution to American culture. It was a pivotal movement that took art from its common materials, and spread it across everyday household items, brands, and public figures. 

A period where extraordinary creations by artists like Andy Warhol and David Hockney shared turns prancing across galleries, movies, and advertisements. This was a time where one couldn’t look at a soup can, or a soda bottle without experiencing the risky joy behind its creativity. Or a season where a person mirrored colors outside of black and white. A phase that encouraged and embraced shades of blue, orange, purple, and green skin tones. 

When considering pop art and its style as a whole, images depicted of Marilyn Monroe, eclectic symbols, vibrant hues, comic strips, heroes, and labels mixed together in a bowl of innovation. It was the act of painting outside the lines, and feeling free to do so. The overall challenge of what was seen as traditional or fitting, was ripped apart to form something greater. That is the correlation between art and culture. The newfound creation, the something greater, is what the culture always desired.   

It was the push that both the arts, and the world needed. Look around, the society once known is constantly changing. The roles shared amongst women and men. Visualize just as with art, the diversity in the home and the workplace. Those vibrant hues are much closer than imagined.  

Pop art took a chance. It was a venture into the unknown. It was something that many attempted, but not all could fulfill. Just as various aspects within America, it proved itself as a need. It gave spunk, an edginess not easily possessed. It was playful yet strong. It was odd but familiar. It was simple, yet confusing. At the same time beautiful and confident. It was the difference between defining the rules, as opposed to following them.