What is pop art anyway? There is some debate about whether the pop art movement began in Great Britain or the United States, but the consensus is that in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, pop art marked a distinctive developmental period in the art world. In an almost defiant way, artists began incorporating everyday elements and icons drawn directly from popular culture into their artworks.
Everything from advertising to cartoons and popular celebrities became fair game. Originally, the pop art movement was a type of rebellion. By turning common items and images into “art,” these artists were clearly debunking the elitist stereotype that previously dominated the art world. These pop artists made their art accessible and attractive to everyone. It was an artistic celebration of contemporary life and targeted a wider audience than the art world ever had before. As a group, pop artists succeeded in bringing fine art into the mainstream of American culture.
The artist Xiumei is located in Chicago and does some really cool pop art. The piece above is a painting. but she has prints of her work as well. Her website is listed on "sites worth the click" here on my blog. Check her out! LOVE.