How does Pop Art relate to the history of America in the 1960’s? Pop Art simply borrowed images from the popular culture, hence the name, Pop Art. Anything from movie stars, to cans of soup; from images of war, to appliances; the subject matter for Pop Art consisted of items likely to be seen in everyday life. It could therefore relate to the common person, unlike Abstract expressionism of the 1950’s, which the general American couldn’t necessarily appreciate. With this difference, Pop Art changed the art world, and is still intriguing today.
Beatles The Beatles were a new band that was completely different from others and created a substantial impact on the 1960s. The Beatles included George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Richard Starkey, other wise known as Ringo Starr. This group is very well known and also influenced many musicians since they formed. They were different because they were producing creative and original music and moving away from sounding like just another band trying to imitate America’s stars. Beatles music was totally unique, a mixture of rock and roll, Rhythm and Blues and Tamla Motown.
The 60s is obviously a popular era for film makers both from a stylistic point of view and also as a narrative setting. The social revolution of the time (feminism, race, sexual orientation) provides a perfect backdrop for an emotional storyline and several modern films have taken advantage of this. Films like A Single Man, which tells the story of a gay man dealing with the lack of acceptance of his relationship in his community and even among his friends in the early 60s, use the decade as a setting to show conflicting societal views. A Single Man is a highly stylised film and uses costume and setting to great advantage. The women can be seen in tight capri pants, high necked shift dresses, Jackie Kennedy style short jackets with matching skirts and big hairstyles.
The importance of The Pistols’ brief but music-changing impact has been mirrored throughout popular music history by other auteurs who had a limited musical canon of work; such as the influence of Gram Parsons on the fusion of country and rock in the early 1970’s or Robert Johnson’s sole recording in 1936 that “was to have an impact out of all proportion to its size” on a number of musical genres. For The Sex Pistols, their claim to auteurship hinges on the impact of their single recording, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, released in 1977. The context of their brief but incendiary existence fits one of the key essences of rock: rebellion. There has always been an anti-authoritarian challenging of the status quo, a pushing of the boundaries of taste and morality: from Elvis’ pelvis, to John being bigger than Jesus, to Public Enemy, to Marilyn Manson. The Sex Pistols’ anti-establishment stance was
New themes, such as comedy, horror, sex, violence and later on (in mid 1950’s) Rock’ n’ Roll music were the interest of youth. In the 1950’s Hammer Horror Studios was founded and was, and perhaps still is, one of the most successful studio on the British Isles. So, young people took immediately to the new style of films, but older generations found it disturbing, worrying and too liberal. But, also, the expansion of the music in films ( Rock’ n’ Roll especially) created a whole new meaning of popularity. And the measurement of popularity of some band was seen through
Why So Serious? In recent years, technology in the cinema industry has become amazingly effective in creating alternate realities for us to go see for seven dollars on a Tuesday night. It was the worry of many that movies would become more focused on creating visual spectacles than focusing character development and plot. Luckily this hasn't been the case as we have been seeing some of the best plot devices and characters the cinema has ever seen. The Dark Knight, for example, is one of the greatest movies of our time in part thanks to the astonishing visual effects but more thanks to the extraordinary relationship and conflict between the Batman and the Joker.
Betrayal of Trust: Hypocrisy and the Censorship of Art For the past 120 years people all over the world have been entertained with the invention of the moving picture. Proven to be a timeless art, it has evolved with the times in both the technological and sociological aspects of history. It began with the simple addition of sound in motion pictures and has come all the way to the birth of IMAX and 3D technologies. The advancement of motion pictures gave birth to another culturally relevant industry known fondly as television. Motion pictures and television have brought entertainment and joy to millions if not billions of people around the world, but along with the good comes the bad.
Andrew Warhola born in 1928 came from a working class family in Forest City, Pennsylvania. His poor upbringing contributed to his future obsession with money and celebrity. In 1946, he moved to New York City where he quickly became an accomplished art designer. He was a graphic designer for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and although successful, Warhol became disenchanted with his career and set out to be part of the new movement of pop art (Lucie-Smith 336). In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol rattled the art world with silk screens of Hollywood beauties and the now legendary, Campbell's Soup Cans.
This story is remarkable for its sustained grip on the imagination, taking the reader ever deeper into an underground world where a whole civilization existed in the forgotten past and has since been taken over by creatures adapted to live in perpetual darkness. “Bitterblooms” and “The Stone City” are other good examples of stories relying primarily on atmosphere for their effect. Martin sprinkles his stories with neologisms to create atmosphere and verisimilitude; “sandkings,” “bitterblooms,” and “fast-friends” are examples. Martin has the poetic power to make his environments seem real while the reader is trapped inside them by wonder and curiosity. This gifted author can pick out the small imaginary details that bring a setting to life.
stick it in her (in the euphemistic sense). However, Rudolfo’s technique would require Oscar to be aggressive, which is seemingly impossible for him. Oscar’s nerdiness is associated with his interest in genres—science fiction, fantasy and comic books—and the narrator provides a full list of titles and authors that Oscar enjoys. This list provides both a cultural context as well as the beginning of a repeated motif—the comparison between the story of Oscar’s family and Dominican history with the nerdy texts that Oscar reads. Oscar’s enjoyment of these texts goes beyond being a nerd—these genres allow Oscar to escape into a completely different world, one where outsiders are the heroes, as is often the case in comic books.