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Neo-pop (also known as new pop) is a postmodern art[1] movement of the 1980s and 1990s.


Defined as a resurgence of the aesthetics and ideas from the mid-20th century movement capturing the characteristics of pop art like intentional kitsch and interest in commercialism.[2]

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The term (which was originated in 1992 by Japanese critic Noi Sawaragi)[3] refers to artists influenced by pop art and popular culture imagery, such as Jeff Koons,[4] but also artists working in graffiti and cartoon art, such as Keith Haring.[5]

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is described as the first of the Japanese neo-pop artists to "break the ice in terms of recycling Japanese pop culture".[6] Japanese neo-pop is associated with the otaku subculture and the obsessive interests in anime, manga and other forms of pop culture. Artist Kenji Yanobe exemplifies this approach to art and fandom.[7]

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  1. ^ Fred S. Kleiner, Helen Gardner, Christin J. Mamiya, Richard G. Tansey, Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Chapters 19–34, Thomson Wadsworth, 2004, pp. 1068. ISBN 0-534-64091-5
  2. ^ Contemporary Pop Artists Who Keep the Movement Alive Today — My Modern Met
  3. ^ The Kings of Neo Pop
  4. ^ Peter Childs, Mike Storry, Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture, Taylor & Francis, 1999, p. 413. ISBN 0-415-14726-3
  5. ^ "Index of /arts". Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  6. ^ Smith, Roberta. "From a mushroom cloud, a burst of art reflecting Japan's psyche". The New York Times 8, no. 04 (2005): B28.
  7. ^ Munroe, Alexandra. "Introducing Little Boy". In Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subcultures, edited by Takashi Murakami. pp. 241–61. Exh. cat. New York: Japan Society; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

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