The influence of pop culture, advertising, and American art on artists in Britain

Lesson rationale

Pop Art emerged in 1950s Britain as a revolt against dominant views on art and culture. It reflected the social and political contexts of its time: artists began to use images and strategies from advertising, mass marketing and popular culture to challenge established norms and opinions. This resource aims to enrich the study of Pop Art by inviting you to critically question and develop your own existing knowledge and understanding of the movement and its histories.

Each of the activities includes oral history recordings that capture the voice and demonstrate the personality of the interviewee, as well as provide contextual insights, interpretations and biographical details that may complicate, confirm or contradict each other. In the spirit of Pop Art, the aim is to encourage critical discussions, celebrations or critiques, of our own and others’ interpretations of Pop Art and its legacies.

The author of this teaching resource is Marianne Holm Hansen.