How does pop culture influence art?

Ferren Gipson

From the paintings of Van Gogh to the music of Beyonce, art has a very close relationship to popular culture reflecting the trends and tastes of a given time, and provide insight into tastes in music, fashion, popular stories and much more

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From the paintings of Van Gogh to the music of Beyonce, art has a very close relationship to popular culture. Across centuries, it can reflect the trends and tastes of a given time, and provide insight into tastes in music, fashion, popular stories, values and so much more. 

What information can be unlocked in an artwork—and in the reverse, can we uncover deeper layers of meaning from references to art in pop culture such as movies, poetry and music? How does art influence culture and can it affect your everyday life? Art Historian, Ferren Gipson joins us in the Garden to uncover how art and culture are so intrinsically connected.

Member Questions answered by Ferren:

  • What made you interested in researching pop culture connections to art?

  • NFT artworks based on memes seem like a modern example of "art" representing pop culture, but what does their lack of quality/craft/originality say about our modern culture?

  • What do you think of Banksy?

  • What's been the longest trend in art?

  • What are your thoughts on progression of art trading into NFT, is it "diluting" the value of art?

  • Did Pop Art make art more accessible and less elite? My take is that it is more intentionally straightforward and easier to conceptually enjoy, compared to say...Abstract art?

  • Is art made by AI the new trend of mass-producing art?

  • As an expert in modern Chinese art, where are you seeing pop culture influencing art in China?

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50 minutes

About the Fellow

Ferren Gipson

Ferren is an art historian, writer, and textile artist based in London, UK. She is an advocate for art education, and her research areas include modern Chinese art history and topics exploring the crossover between pop culture and art.

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