Popping Off:

Quotes From Pop Artists

Take a look at these quotes from famous pop artists. What do these quotes tell you about their work, the Pop Art movement itself, or about the decade of the 1960's?

Andy Warhol

"Style isn't really important."

"Pop art is about liking things."

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings . . . There's nothing behind it."

"Paintings are too hard. Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. I think everybody should be a machine."

"Sometimes you fantasize that people who are really up there and rich and living it up have something you don't have, and their things must be better than your things because they have more money than you. But they drink the same Coke and eat the same hot dogs and wear the same clothes and see the same TV and the same movies. . . You can get just as revolted as they can -- you can have the same nightmares. All this is really American."


Robert Rauschenberg

"I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world."

"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."

"You begin with the possibilities of the material."

"An empty canvas is full."

Robert Venturi

"Less is a bore."

Claes Oldenburg

"I am for the art of underwear and the art of taxicabs. I am for the art of ice cream cones dropped on concrete."

James Rosenquist

"As a child I lived on a farm in North Dakota. Things happened there at a different speed with a different sense of space. The landscape felt surrealistic."


Robert Indiana

"Pop art is the American Dream, optimistic, generous, and naive!"


Roy Lichtenstein

"Pop Art is industrial painting. I think the meaning of my work is that it is industrial, it's what all the world will soon become. Europe will be the same way, soon, it won't be American; it will be universal."