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I visited The World Goes Pop exhibition at the Tate Modern. Pop art is a movement of art which emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news. I thought it would be a suitable exhibition to visit within the context of the project Human Being // Being Human as it accurately reflects the life style, behaviour and interests of mankind. 

"Tate Modern's show of the world's pop art is challenging, political and bright"

Traditionally Pop Art is centred around the theme of desire and common imagery includes, coke bottles, Cadillacs, Elvis, Marilyn, fridges, pin-ups and Mickey Mouse. However The World Goes Pop is an original and refreshing display of pop art work which focuses more on the theme of accusation. It also features a global selection of artists who are determined to show us how ghastly the world actually was in the 1960s. Interestingly, this exhibition of horrendous post war life is disguised by the colourful and brightfacade of pop art style, and for this reason it can be seen as humorous.

"say something with a smile and the whole world thinks you are joking"


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