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Soup Cans & Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World

Alastair Sooke champions pop art as one of the most important art forms of the 20th century, peeling back pop's frothy, ironic surface to reveal an art style full of subversive wit and radical ideas.

In charting its story, Alastair brings a fresh eye to the work of pop art superstars Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and tracks down pop's pioneers, from American artists like James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Ed Ruscha to British godfathers Peter Blake and Allen Jones.

Alastair also explores how pop's fascination with celebrity, advertising and the mass media was part of a global art movement, and he travels to China to discover how a new generation of artists are reinventing pop art's satirical, political edge for the 21st century.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 23 Feb 2018 01:50

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterAlastair Sooke
ProducerJude Ho
DirectorJude Ho
Executive ProducerRichard Bright
Unit ManagerLisa Phelan

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