The Lowbrow Art movement

Students deepen, in the History of Art Course, artistic movements that stimulate them. Here’s an interesting introduction to a not very well known movement, but with a strong visual impact, which could be a beginning for a path of specialization.

The Lowbrow Art movement is also known as Pop Surrealism. This is an artistic movement born in the late 1970 ‘s in the Los Angeles area in environments of underground comics magazines, steeped in punk music and popular culture of California. The works are united by figurative subjects, often are caricatures and are distinguished by strong colors with a pronounced decorative style. The first names to mention are those of Robert Williams and Gary Panter, which grow as artists of comics underground.

Growth and the consequent movement recognition, however, occurs only in 1994 with the release of the magazine Juxtapoz by Robert Williams, who along with coins the name Lowbrow art. The term “lowbrow” that was used by Williams in opposition to “highbrow” instead, invokes an intellectual and exclusive idea. The name was not entirely appropriate, but has spread in a viral way. The artistic movement of Lowbrow Art has drawn by cartoonists, cross skills of illustrators, tattoo’s, even body decorators. The propose as self-learners has given rise to a burgeoning amount of painting.

Although the movement was born over thirty years ago in Italy was struggling to take off, while in the United States enjoys a widespread interest. You can count the exhibitions in Italy on the fingers of one hand. The most important was that one at Galleria Mondo Bizzarro (Rome in 2006). Since the paintings can be reproduced in tattoos and on the bodywork of the car there is a manifest interest from fans of the genre.

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