Mary Springer, Art & Design
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In the mid to late 1950s, Pop Art started to become the next artistic movement for commercial and abstract artists. Fred S. Kleiner’s Gardner’s Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective in the 14th edition states that even though Pop Art had originally developed in England, it reached peak popularity in the United States during the 1960s due to the mass consumer culture America had cultivated and matured to. One of the artists that emerged during the Pop Art trend is Andy Warhol, who found his passion creating works of art relating to this rise of the postmodern artistic movement, that being Pop Art. In my paper, I argue that Warhol’s mixed media artwork, Green Coca-Cola Bottles, made in 1962, is a statement piece derived from his belief that mass-produced products, such as a bottle of Coca-Cola, symbolized both equality and individualism among consumers, poor and rich alike. My iconographic and socio-cultural analyses of Warhol's Green Coca-Cola Bottles, as related to America Pop Art and consumer culture in the early 1960s, elucidates Warhol's belief that American mass-produced objects could reflect the egalitarian and individual identities of its American consumers.
student presentations, student papers, art history, pop art
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Art and Design
Ivey, Miranda, "Andy Warhol's Influence in the American Pop Art Culture" (2020). JSU Student Symposium 2020. 6.