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Political Pop Art And The Crisis Of Originality

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Political Pop Art, associated with New Generation and Gaudy Art, was no doubt the most important phenomenon in Chinese art in the 1990s. The political character of Political Pop Art is potential and historical; it is the continuation of the avant-garde art in the 1980s, while Gaudy Art is the overflow of Political Pop. When the painting style of Pop Art possesses certain political characteristics, it becomes 'Political Pop'. The development of Pop Art style has been a gradual process, but in the early 1990s Pop Art was suddenly given political significance. Of all kinds of arts, oil paintings are the most marketable, and the market covers not only criticism but also art itself. A lot of artists who truly pursue art have given up oil painting and other types of painting, and adopted non-commercial artistic expressions that cannot be bought by capital.

Keywords: avant-garde art; Gaudy Art; oil painting; Political Pop Art

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