The Business of Pop

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This room brings together four artworks that explore the evolution of painting in the 1960s.

The Pop Art movement emerged in Britain and America in response to the economic expansion of consumer culture and mass media after the Second World War. Pop Art was never a single, unified group of artists, nor were their aims the same. In the USA, Pop grew out of a feeling that abstract art, and Abstract Expressionist painting in particular, was becoming self-indulgent and divorced from life. In 1964 an iconic group show titled The American Supermarket featured works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Billy Apple, amongst others. It revealed the impact of advertising and commercial imagery on artistic processes by staging the exhibition with the look and feel of an actual supermarket.

The techniques associated with advertising and mass production influenced artists in highly individual ways. Warhol revelled in images of fame, power and money through the immediacy of screenprinting, whereas Lichtenstein drew on a wide range of sources, from comic-strips to art history, all presented in his slick, flat, comic-book style. Apple blurred the lines between art and commerce through both subject matter and process. For example, in some works he traded the gestural mark-making of the artist’s hand for new technologies, such as the photocopier. Derek Boshier embraced the optical effects of geometric abstraction, creating complex paintings that appear almost machine-made.

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A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

Parking for visitors is available at both Modern One and Modern Two. A donation is requested of £3 for up to 4 hours and £6 for 4-8 hours. Our payment meters have contactless capability.

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Booking recommended
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Booking recommended
73 & 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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