Pop Art: What they got away with

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

There is a lot of discussion regarding who originally said the quote ‘Art is anything you can get away with’. Both Andy Warhol, a famous American artist, and Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian media influencer have said the above quote.  Both men shared a passion for the influences of art and media. The message is widely interpreted, however can be reflected in all forms of art, specifically in pop art. 

Art is a form of expression reflecting aspects of current societal influences. It gives us the opportunity to look into the past, as well as observe the present through a different lens. Pop Art is a post WWII art movement, that was largely media influenced and inspired by popular culture (hence the name, pop art). 

This art style is inspired by comic books, popular culture and mass media. A lot of pieces are images with a twist on advertisements and consumerism. The post WWII media boom is reflected in many artists pieces, as they mimic images, norms and ads of that era. For example Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962, combined consumerism and commercialism of the time through the use of image arts. This differentiated pop artists from other artists; they presented seemingly regular objects and images in a unique style.

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@warholpopart

Andy Warhol also created prints of actress Marilyn Monroe, one of the most popular figures of the era. These prints are recreated and mass produced to this day.

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@warholpopart

In the month of November, Twist Gallery invites you to see Toronto’s local pop artists and admire their representation of popular culture through art. Come see what these local artists got away with. 

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