Following the popularity of Abstract Expressionism, pop art drew from mass media and culture creating a dramatic shift for the direction of modernism. Pop art began in the late 1940s and became popular on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 50s, however it is most associated with New York artists of the 1960s like Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol. Combining elements of humor, sensuality, and innovation while experimenting with new media in large scale dynamic compositions the pop art movement aimed to blur the boundaries between ‘high’ art and ‘low’ culture, especially in the wake of the WWII media and manufacturing boom.

We check out 10 iconic masterpieces from the movement has become one of the most recognizable styles of modern art.

10. Spoon and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg (1988)


Claes Oldenburg, born January 28 1929, is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Oldenburg shrinks the spectator into a bite-sized morsel that might be devoured along with a giant piece of cake, or crushed by an enormous ice pack. His work shows us just how small we are, and serves as a vehicle for his smart, witty, critical, and often wickedly funny insights on American culture over the past half-century. In 1995 he awarded the Rolf Schock Prizes in Visual Arts.