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Miss Kiss (Lightbox)
By Mel Ramos
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Mel Ramos, American (1935 - ) Title: Miss Kiss (Lightbox) Year: 2015 Medium: 3-D Sculpture multiple: Lightbox with Steelcut, Acrylic Paint, electrical cord and switch Edition...
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2010s Pop Art Nude Sculptures

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Enamel, Steel

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  • Miss Kiss (Lightbox)
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H 30 in. W 23 in. D 10 in.

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.

Finding the Right Nude Sculptures for You

Nude sculptures are a traditional form of art around the world. For thousands of years, artists have expressed ideals, philosophy and cultural beliefs through the nude human form.

One of the oldest examples is the Venus of Willendorf, dating to the Upper Paleolithic period. From the ancient Greek Aphrodite of Knidos to Michelangelo’s 16th-century David, the nude sculpture has continued to evolve.

On a surface level, a nude sculpture portrays the beauty standards and ideals of a time and place, just as the mostly male painters of the Pre-Raphaelite movement can be seen as projecting an idea of feminine beauty that was confined to porcelain-skinned maidens, their auburn locks flowing, enacting scenes of longing or tragedy drawn from tales about Camelot or told by Dante, Shakespeare, Tennyson and Keats. On a deeper level, however, nude sculpture explores culture, traditions and beliefs. Even today, the human body continues to captivate artists and their audiences.

If you’re thinking about bringing nude sculptures or other kinds of sculptures into your home, remember: No matter how big or small your new addition is, it will make a statement in your space (busts, for example, can bring a dose of drama into an entryway). Large- and even medium-sized sculptures can be heavy, so hire some professional art handlers as necessary and find a good place in your home for your piece.

Find a large collection of nude sculptures and other sculptures from various time periods and cultural origins on 1stDibs.