A Brief History of Pop Art
Beverly Loan Company, also known as the Pawnshop to the Stars, makes loans on many luxury items, however, one of the most interesting items they accept as collateral is fine artwork. Working exclusively with modern and contemporary art, the collateral lender sees many genres of art, particularly Pop Art.
The “Pop Art” movement, as it’s called, started in the 1950s in the United Kingdom but flourished in New York City in the 1960s. The movement challenged fine art traditions by using imagery from popular culture and changing the familiar context. Examples would include Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans, Lichtenstein’s comics, and Jasper John’s American flags.
Without these influential artists, we would not have the successful artists that are thriving in today’s art market. Artists like Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst have all been inspired by Pop-Art and its relationship to popular culture.
Beverly Loan Company, California’s most acclaimed pawnshop, offers short-term collateralized loans on Modern & Contemporary artwork, whether it be a photograph, painting, work on paper, sculpture or print. In their long history of lending out money, the pawn shop has had pieces by the world’s most recognized Pop Artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, David Hockney, and of course, Andy Warhol.