look at the rise of Pop Art (not to be confused with popular culture) and its underlying theme of “mocking” (or perhaps taking a more cynical view of) the concepts of mass consumption of the 1950s and 1960’s, we want to take a step back to look at the events that went into creating this movement…
We know that the arts were being challenged in Washington during the McCarthy era.
We also know that America was experiencing a post-war rise of middle income families and suburban living, complete with modern technological conveniences (like TVs, washing machines, etc).
Then, along comes the Abstract Expressionist art movement with artists like Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning… how were these artist received in their time?
What was the message in their work?
(ref. fig. 15.4 and 15.6 p456-7)