Legends of pop art at the Thyssen

A visitor next to Warhol’s ‘Big Torn Campbell's Soup Can.’ / SAMUEL SÁNCHEZ

“Pop Art is: popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.” This perfect definition of the best-known art movement of all time was made by Richard Hamilton, one of its forerunners and the first person to introduce the term in a work of his.

The work in question was his well-known 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? It depicts a bodybuilder holding a giant Tootsie Roll Pop, surrounded by objects meant to guarantee a life of consumer happiness: a TV set, a vacuum cleaner, a tape recorder and so on.

To read the rest of the story by ÁNGELES GARCÍA, follow this link.  http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/06/12/inenglish/1402589591_146620.html

 

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