June 21, 2022In blog

How To Start Collecting Pop Art

Pop Art is a movement that first emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain, and soon spread to America. It represented a radical break with the traditional art world, which younger artists found to be stale and stuffy. The new ideas struck a chord, and the movement flourished worldwide during the 1960s and 70s.

Pop artists took their inspiration from the world around them, including the burgeoning popular music scene, films, and comic books, as well as everyday items such as product packaging and advertisements. It was designed with a young mass audience in mind, and reflected the emerging transient consumerism of the era.

The non-elitist approach of many Pop Artists means that collecting their work is more achievable than acquiring other types of artwork. Of course, very famous pieces by Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein still sell for millions at auction. However, with some research, there are plenty of other amazing artworks at more affordable prices.


Decide what you like

Art is of course highly subjective, so unless you are collecting purely for investment purposes, it’s important to actually buy something that will bring you joy! There are usually plenty of Pop Art exhibitions going on in the UK at various times of the year, so it’s a good idea to really familiarise yourself with the genre before making an investment.

The Tate, which has galleries in London, Liverpool, and St Ives, has a large permanent Pop Art collection. In the Midlands, Wolverhampton Art Gallery has one of the biggest Pop Art collections outside of London. It has pieces by leading artists of the movement, such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton, and many lesser-known artists.

Remember that it is not all about paintings and screen prints; many artists produced sculptures, figurines, installations, textiles, collages, and more. There are also plenty of books and websites where you can learn more about the wider cultural and historical context of the artworks.


Look for editions

Pop Art is often available in limited edition prints, which may have been signed by the artist. As a starting point, you could buy custom prints which are usually sold at affordable prices in gallery shops. Also look out for multiples, replicas, and reproductions.


Confirm the authenticity of the work

Pop Art pieces have often been deliberately produced with a relatively low-cost method, and this means that they can be easy to fake. Therefore, the work should be authenticated by the artist or their estate, and have documented evidence of its history.


Keep an eye out for emerging artists

One of the best and most affordable ways to collect any art is to keep an eye out for up-and-coming artists. Visit the end of year shows for art schools and colleges, go to exhibitions even if you haven’t heard of the artist before, and read cultural press and publications.

Word of mouth is another great way of finding out about upcoming talent, both through online and offline networking.


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