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In the decade following World War II, the New York art scene was dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a style that brought a uniquely American spin on Modern Art, thanks to the work of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. But by the end of the 1950s, AbEx's existential theatrics had hardened into orthodoxy, and the art world was ready for something new, something that would reflect the state of culture as it entered the second half of the 20th-century. That something turned out to be Pop Art. Elevating various tokens of popular culture (comic books, household goods, movie stars) to the stuff of high art, Pop Art exploded the portentousness of Abstract Expressionism with a representational celebration of the everyday that was as eye-catching as its source material. Though Pop Art initially emerged in London, and later spread around the globe, NYC was home to it biggest names, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. It's no wonder that best examples of the genre can be found in NYC art museums such as MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum—as you can see in our list of the best Pop Art in New York City.