Political Pop Art
Great Criticism – Coca-cola 1994
© Wang Guangyi
Introduction to political pop
With pop’s banality and semi-ironic way of capitalism, combined with propaganda pictures from the age of Chairman Mao, performers challenged the prevailing attitudes to art in Asia. A work like Blue Mao by Li Shan referenced Andy Warhol’s screen printing portraits regarding the Chinese frontrunner, while Wang Guangyi’s Great Criticism – Coca-Cola depicted Chinese employees in a socialist realist style painting an indication for Coca-Cola.
Critics of political pop have argued that movement cannot fully engage due to its strategy of imitating propaganda and consumerist discourse. The music artists are also accused of utilizing stereotypes to meet the need associated with Western market.
Governmental Pop: An Introduction
See the curatorial essay to Tate Modern’s 2015 exhibition The EY Exhibition: the planet Goes Pop. The exhibition shows exactly how pop music had been never just a celebration of western customer tradition, but was usually a subversive worldwide language of protest.