Funk Art, artists and art
(movement, late 1950's)
In the late 1950s, artists who were starting to use junk materials or "the leftovers of human experience," as Kienholz called it, were described as "funky" -- or bad-smelling. Funk artists reacted against Abstract Expressionism, which they considered too removed from humanity. They sought to bring the contemporary art scene back to including some realism and social responsibility.