Skip to main content

1980s Pop Art

Price
Item Location
Sort By
1980 Large Pop Art Silkscreen Abstract Op Art Jagged Edge Bright Color Serigraph
By Nicholas Krushenick
Located in Surfside, FL
Green, Red, Silver and Black and White. Large Pop Art Silkscreen. Nicholas Krushenick (May 31, 1929 – February 5, 1999) was an American abstract painter whose artistic style straddle...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Andy Warhol album cover art 1986 (Andy Warhol Debbie Harry)
By Andy Warhol
Located in NEW YORK, NY
1986 Andy Warhol record art featuring Debbie Harry. Featured prominently in 'Andy Warhol: The Record Covers, 1949-1987, a Catalog Raisonne' by Warhol scholar Paul Marechal. Off-se...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Offset

Rare Original Keith Haring Record Art (Set of 4 works)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage Keith Haring Record Cover Art, 1982-1987. Set of 4 individual pieces including their respective albums. Haring illustrations appear on front and back covers, plus illustrate...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

Pop Art Anthropomorphic Hieroglyphics, Orange, Red, Green and Yellow.
By Keith Haring
Located in Cotignac, FR
1980's Pop Art acrylic on canvas. Unsigned but inspired by the works from the same period by Keith Haring. The work has a contemporary metal frame. There is an exhibition or collecti...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop stickers
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring Crawling Baby & Three Eyed Smiling Face stickers circa early/ mid 80s. Originally produced by Haring for his first solo gallery exhibition in 1982, then later sold/give...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Paper, Adhesive, Other Medium

1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop stickers
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring Crawling Baby & Three Eyed Smiling Face stickers circa early/ mid 80s. Set of 2. Originally produced by Haring for his first solo gallery exhibition in 1982, then later...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Paper, Adhesive, Other Medium

1980s Abstract Expressionist Pop Art Painting Collage, Assemblage Hugh O'Donnell
By Hugh O'Donnell
Located in Surfside, FL
This is a mixed media collage with an almost sculpture quality to it. it is hand signed. size includes frame. Hugh O'Donnell is an English painter, printmaker and site-specific art...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Charcoal, Acrylic, Archival Paper

Original 1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop bag (Keith Haring Pop Shop New York)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring Pop Shop, c.1986: Vintage original 1980s Pop Shop bag designed & illustrated by Keith Haring. Features a bold 1985 Keith Haring printed signature and standout original P...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Plastic

Original 1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop bag (Keith Haring pop shop New York)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring Pop Shop, 1986: Vintage original 1980s Keith Haring Pop Shop bag designed & illustrated by the artist. Features a bold Keith Haring printed signature and standout origin...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Plastic, Screen

Original Keith Haring Pop Shop bag (Haring 1980s Pop Shop)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage Keith Haring 1980s Pop Shop bag off-set illustrated by Haring. A classic Keith Haring Pop Shop collectible that is well-suited for framing. Medium: Offset lithograph on whi...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Offset

1980's Large Silkscreen Chinese Characters Serigraph Pop Art Print China
By Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali
Located in Surfside, FL
Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali (Greek: Χρύσα Βαρδέα-Μαυρομιχάλη; December 31, 1933 – December 23, 2013) was a Greek American artist who worked in a wide variety of media. An American ar...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

1980s Keith Haring Skateboard Deck (vintage Keith Haring Pop Shop)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Keith Haring Skateboard Deck circa 1988: Rare 1980s Pop Shop skateboard deck designed & illustrated by Keith Haring. In the mid 1980s New York City Skateboards Inc. negotiated a con...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen, Wood

Original 1980's Keith Haring Pop Shop hats (set of 2)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original Keith Haring Pop Shop hats c. 1984-1987: Embroidered painters hats (set of 2). 10 x 8 x 3 in. (25.4 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm.). Fair overall vintage condition signs of age a...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Canvas

Sphere, Pop Art Sculpture
By Yankel Ginzburg
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Yankel Ginzburg, Khazakhstan-American (1945 - ) Title: Sphere Year: Circa 1985 Medium: Screenprint on Lucite Sculpture, signature and numbering inscribed Size: 13.5 x 12 x 6 ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Lucite, Screen

Govern, Pop Art Screenprint
By Brian McKinney
Located in Long Island City, NY
Pop art screenprint by American artist Brian McKinney. Signed, numbered, and titled in pencil Edition: 35/40 Image Size: 18 x 23.5 inches Paper Size: 20.5 x 25.5 in. (52.07 x 64.77...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Original Keith Haring Record Art: set of 4 (1980s Keith Haring album cover art)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage Keith Haring Record Cover Art: Set of 4: 1982 & 1987. Haring illustrations appear on front and back of each of the 4 record covers, as well as 2 inserts (see last 2 images). ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Offset

Original Keith Haring Record Art: set of 4 (1980s Keith Haring album cover art)
By Keith Haring
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Rare Vintage 1980s Keith Haring Record Cover Art: (Set of 4: 1983-1987): Four individual 7 inch albums - all illustrated by Haring during his lifetime - making for standout 1980s Ke...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Offset

Colored Drawing with Ceramics and Horse Pop Folk Art 1980s
By Michael Lucero
Located in Surfside, FL
Michael Lucero (born 1953) is an American sculptor. His work has been exhibited in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Mint Museum. Lucero works with multiple mediums and usually work...
Category

1980s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Oil Crayon, Wax Crayon

1980 Various Artists 'Lincoln Center Posters' Pop Art Multicolor Book
By Various Artists
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 16 x 11.5 inches ( 40.64 x 29.21 cm ) Image Size: 16 x 11.5 inches ( 40.64 x 29.21 cm ) Framed: No Condition: B: Very Good Condition, with signs of handling or age ...
Category

1980s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Other Medium

Raymond Pettibon 1980s illustration art (early Raymond Pettibon)
By Raymond Pettibon
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Raymond Pettibon, "No Mag,'" 1981: A rare late 70's/early 80's Los Angeles Punk scene publication featuring several stand out illustrations by Raymond Pettibon Medium: Newspaper maga...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper, Offset

Raymond Pettibon 1980s illustration art (early Raymond Pettibon)
By Raymond Pettibon
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Raymond Pettibon, "No Mag,'" 1981 A rare late 70's/early 80's Los Angeles Punk scene publication featuring several stand out illustrations by Raymond Pettibon Medium: Newspaper magaz...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Paper, Lithograph, Offset

Pop Art portrait of Singer / Songwriter Cyndi Lauper
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mixed media on board Image dimensions: 16.75 x 11.625 in. Framed dimensions: 20.75 x 16.75 in. Provenance: Estate of the Artist.
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Erosore 4 to 1, Pop Art Screenprint
By Brian McKinney
Located in Long Island City, NY
Pop art screenprint by American artist Brian McKinney. Edition: 38/50 Image Size: 20.5 x 25.5 inches Paper Size: 23 x 28 inches Signed, numbered, and titled in pencil
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Love, Framed Pop Art Serigraph
By Max Epstein
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Max Epstein, Canadian (1932 - 2002) Title: Love Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 295 Image Size: 29 x 18.5 inches Frame: 34 x 25 inches
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Mixed Media Painting Sculpture Construction 1980s Brazilian Political Art
By Randolfo Rocha
Located in Surfside, FL
Interesting Latin American art collage/assemblage of images. bears elements of Arte Povera. it is mounted onto a wood construction. Signed verso and bears label from Stux Gallery. W...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Pop Art portrait of Actor / Musician John Stamos
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Airbrush, gouache, and collage on board. Signed on the verso. Image dimensions: 23 x 18 in. Framed dimensions: 27.75 x 21.75 in. Provenance: Estate of the Artist.
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Gouache

Debonair Disco, Pop Art painting by George McNeil
By George McNeil
Located in Long Island City, NY
While McNeil was a pioneer of the New York Abstract Expressionism movement, later in his life his work became more figurative, he focused on dancers and discos, like this piece. Alth...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

1980's Mixed Media Painting Glitter Feminist Pop Art Miami Artist Sheila Elias
By Sheila Elias
Located in Surfside, FL
Titled: SIlver Bullet, Hand signed, dated and titled. Sheet measures 22 X 30 From her Pompidou Series (1979-1981) built around the X in the raw, exposed architecture of the Centre G...
Category

1980s Neo-Expressionist Mixed Media

Materials

Acrylic Polymer, Glitter, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Rapture, Pop Art Serigraph by Krasnyansky
By Anatole Krasnyansky
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph by Anatole Krasnyansky circa 1980. A surrealist harlequin of many faces dancing with playing cards, done is a contemporary cubist style. Framed in cherry wood frame. Ar...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen

"Roy Lichtenstein ("Brushstroke Apple")" Original Pop Art Exhibition Poster
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Boston, MA
A fantastic 1983 French exhibition poster for Roy Lichtenstein, featuring his work "Brushstroke Apple." This is a vintage poster and is guaranteed to be original. It is not a repro...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen

'Art Column (ART DBG)' original signed ceramic sculpture toy blocks pop art
Located in Milwaukee, WI
Art Column (ART DBG)' is an original signed ceramic sculpture by Robin Campo. It is a rare and early example of the artist's fanciful work, made only a year after he earned his Maste...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Glaze

Camilla, Pop Art Serigraph by Mel Ramos
By Mel Ramos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Mel Ramos, American (1935 - ) Title: Camilla Year: 1989 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 161 Image Size: 37 x 32 inches Paper Size: 42 in. x ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Nude Prints

Materials

Screen

Pop Art portrait of Actor / Comedian Eddie Murphy
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collage, mixed media on paper Image dimensions: 14.75 x 11.25 in. Framed dimensions: 20.75 x 16.75 in. Provenance: Estate of the Artist.
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media, Paper

Triangle, Pop Art Serigraph by Kiki Kogelnik
By Kiki Kogelnik
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Kiki Kogelnik, Austrian (1935 - 1997) Title: Triangle Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 35 Image: 32.5 x 24 inches Size: 36 x 26 in...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen

Duerme, Pop Art Serigraph by John Grillo
By John Grillo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: John Grillo, American (1917 - 2014) Title: Duerme Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, Signed and Numbered in Pencil Edition: 200, AP 25 Image Size: 22 x 29.5 inches Size: 26...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen

Vintage Frank Stella Democratic Convention 1980 colorful Pop political poster
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Colorful vintage poster for the 1980 Democratic National Convention, held in Madison Square Garden in New York.Concentric lines of orange and bright green interweave with strokes of ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Hands, Pop Art Lithograph by Joe Zucker
By Joe Zucker
Located in Long Island City, NY
Joe Zucker, American (1941) Date: 1982 Lithograph, signed, numbered, and dated in pencil Edition of 82/100 Image Size: 30 x 20.5 inches Size: 33 x 23 in. (83.82 x 58.42 cm)
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Pop Art portrait of Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collage, mixed media on board. This work by Richard Bernstein features Singer / Songwriter / Dancer Michael Jackson and Actress / Model Brooke Shields. Image dimensions: 16.5 x 12.5 ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Keith Haring Safe Sex ! 1987 Original Poster Pop-Art
By Keith Haring
Located in PARIS, FR
Keith Haring, the street artist who declared that "art is for everyone," began designing posters in 1982, while still a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Haring was d...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Linen, Paper, Lithograph

Cologne Cathedral (Yellow, Teal) (Pop Art, Andy Warhol)
By Jurgen Kuhl
Located in Kansas City, MO
Jurgen Kuhl Cologne Cathedral (Yellow, Teal) Color Silkscreen with Glitter Year: 2000s Size: 35.1 × 27.3 inches Unsigned as issued COA provided (gallery issued) -------------------...
Category

1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Screen

1980 After Jim Dine 'Flo-Master Hearts' Pop Art Multicolor,Gray,Red,Pink,Yellow
By Jim Dine
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 28 x 22 inches ( 71.12 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 23.25 x 20.5 inches ( 59.055 x 52.07 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship Worldwide. ...
Category

1980s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Offset

Pop Art portrait of Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Diana Vreeland
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mixed media on board. This work by Richard Bernstein features Fashion Columnist and Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Diana Vreeland. Image dimensions: 16.5 x 11.5 in. Framed dimensions: 20.7...
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Pop Art portrait of Actress Mariel Hemingway for Warhol’s Interview Magazine
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Airbrush, gouache, pencil, and collage on board. This work by Richard Bernstein was the cover painting for Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine in April 1982. Image dimensions: 17 x 11 i...
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Gouache, Pencil

Rite of Passage, Large Pop Art Painting by Mark Kostabi
By Mark Kostabi
Located in Long Island City, NY
Mark Kostabi is an American Pop artist who's work often revolves around faceless figures. "Rite of Passage" features the likeness of popular talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. This oi...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

COSMIC HOLIDAY Hand Drawn Lithograph, Pop Art Portrait, Psychedelic Art
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
COSMIC HOLIDAY is an original hand drawn lithograph by Peter Max printed in an edition of 280, using traditional hand lithography techniques on archival Somerset printmaking paper, 1...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Love, Pop Art Serigraph by Max Epstein
By Max Epstein
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Max Epstein, Canadian (1932 - 2002) Title: Love Year: 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 295 Image Size: 29 x 18.5 inches Size: 35 in. x ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Primavera, Pop Art Serigraph by John Grillo
By John Grillo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: John Grillo, American (1917 - 2014) Title: Primavera Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, Signed and Numbered in Pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Image Size: 22 x 29 inches Size: 2...
Category

1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Screen

Grey Pipe - Print, Screenprint, Still life, Pop art, Contemporary Art
By Patrick Caulfield
Located in London, GB
Signed in pencil, an artist's proof aside from the edition of 75. Printed at Kelpra Studios, London. Published by Waddington Graphics, London. (Dempsey 64).
Category

1980s Pop Art Still-life Prints

Materials

Screen

Trademark, Mix Media Pop Art Black Orange Lacquered PVC Abstract Wall Sculpture
Located in Brescia, IT
This Pop work of art in hand-lacquered ABS is composed by two part: the arrow and the capital letter A. The installation decided by the artist would put in evidence the dualism of th...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

PVC

Tribute, Pop Art Serigraph by Hunt Slonem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Hunt Slonem, American (1951 - ) Title: Tribute Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP 30 Image Size: 22 x 25 inches Size: 26 in. x 29....
Category

1980s Pop Art Still-life Prints

Materials

Screen

Plume - Etching, Aquatint, Contemporary Art, Pop Art, Still Life, Rosenquist
By James Rosenquist
Located in London, GB
From 'Glass Wishes'. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 59. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles.
Category

1980s Pop Art Still-life Prints

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

"Roy Lichtenstein - Museum Ludwig" Original Vintage Pop Art Exhibition Poster
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Boston, MA
A fantastic 1984 German exhibition poster for Roy Lichtenstein, featuring his painting "M-Maybe He Became Ill..." This is a vintage poster and is guaranteed to be original. It is no...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen

Wonder Woman, Pop Art Lithograph by Mel Ramos
By Mel Ramos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Mel Ramos (American, b. 1935) Title: Wonder Woman Year: 1981 Medium: Lithograph, signedand numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Size: 24.5 in. x 20 in. (62.23 cm x 50.8 cm)
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Smile, Pop Art Serigraph by Kiki Kogelnik
By Kiki Kogelnik
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Kiki Kogelnik, Austrian (1935 - 1997) Title: Smile Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 35 Image: 33 x 23.5 inches Size: 35.5 x 26 in....
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen

POP OUT
By Ronnie Cutrone
Located in Aventura, FL
Original acrylic paint and silkscreen on flag. Framed. Hand signed, titled, and dated by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of authenticity included. All r...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Polyester, Acrylic, Screen

  • POP OUT
  • POP OUT
  • POP OUT
  • POP OUT
H 60.25 in. W 33 in.
Tantra Abstractions, Pop Art Serigraph by John Grillo
By John Grillo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: John Grillo, American (1917 - 2014) Title: Tantra Abstractions Year: 1980 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200, AP 30 Image Size: 30 x 22 inches...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Pop Art portrait of Actor / Comedian Bill Murray for GQ
By Richard Bernstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collage, mixed media on board. Image dimensions: 15.5 x 12.5 in. Framed dimensions: 20.75 x 14.75 in. Provenance: Estate of the Artist.
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

"Jackson Pollock," Red Grooms, New York School Pop Art Portrait
By Red Grooms
Located in Larchmont, NY
Red Grooms (American, b. 1937) Jackson Pollock, 1986 Pastel on paperboard 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches Signed and dated lower right Provenance: Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York Charles Rog...
Category

1980s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

Materials

Board, Pastel

Cologne Cathedral (Black, Blue) (Pop Art, Andy Warhol)
By Jurgen Kuhl
Located in Kansas City, MO
Jurgen Kuhl Cologne Cathedral (Black, Blue) Color Silkscreen with Glitter Year: 2000s Size: 35.1 × 27.3 inches Unsigned as issued COA provided (gallery issued) --------------------...
Category

1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Screen

Jonathan Winters Screenprint on Canvas Painting Umbrellas Hollywood Star Pop Art
By Jonathan Winters
Located in Surfside, FL
Overall 21 X 27 image is 17.25 X 23.5 This is a mixed media print on canvas by beloved comedian and artist Jonathan Winters. This one depicts a surrealist bird with umbrellas Artis...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Screen

  • 1
  • ...

1980s Pop Art For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate piece of 1980s pop art for your needs in our varied inventory. Find Contemporary versions now, or shop for Contemporary creations for a more modern example of these cherished works. When looking for the right item from our selection of 1980s pop art for your space, you can search on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of gray, black, beige and orange. There have been many interesting choice in our collection of 1980s pop art examples over the years, but those made by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jack Mitchell, after Jean-Michel Basquiat and (after) Keith Haring are often thought to be among the most thought-provoking. Frequently made by artists working in offset print, screen print and lithograph, these artworks are unique and have attracted attention over the years. A large object in our assortment of 1980s pop art can prove too dominant for some spaces — a smaller option in this array of 1980s pop art, measuring 2.5 high and 1.6 wide, may better suit your needs.

How Much is a 1980s Pop Art?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a piece of 1980s pop art in our inventory may begin at $75 and can go as high as $850,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,097.

A Close Look at Pop Art Art

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.