The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha

The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha

by Hal Foster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691151385

ISBN-13: 9780691151380

Pub. Date: 11/13/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book provides an important new interpretation of Pop art by examining five artists who, more deeply than any others, capture the new conditions of painting and subjectivity in the Pop age. In this account, illustrated in color throughout, Hal Foster explores the work of the Americans Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha, the Englishman Richard Hamilton

Overview

This book provides an important new interpretation of Pop art by examining five artists who, more deeply than any others, capture the new conditions of painting and subjectivity in the Pop age. In this account, illustrated in color throughout, Hal Foster explores the work of the Americans Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha, the Englishman Richard Hamilton, and the German Gerhard Richter, revealing how these artists reflect on the profound changes in image and personhood that occur with pop culture.

Foster shows the different ways that these artists probe the possibilities of painterly tradition and mass culture alike. We see how Pop art folds painting and photography together, combining the effects of immediacy and mediation; how Pop evokes traditional forms even as it foregrounds contemporary contents; how the art strikes an ambiguous attitude toward both high and low cultures, neither critical nor complicit; and finally, how this ambiguity suggests a heightened confusion between public and private, between images and people.

As The First Pop Age looks back at the early days of Pop art, it also raises many important questions about art in our own day, from the continued capacity of painting to reflect on our technological world to whether we have moved beyond the Pop age or still live in its image world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691151380
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/13/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Homo Imago 1
Chapter 1: Richard Hamilton, or the Tabular Image 17
Chapter 2: Roy Lichtenstein, or the Cliché Image 62
Chapter 3: Andy Warhol, or the Distressed Image 109
Chapter 4: Gerhard Richter, or the Photogenic Image 172
Chapter 5: Ed Ruscha, or the Deadpan Image 210
Pop Test 249
Notes 253
Photography and Copyright Credits 321
Subject Index 323
Title Index 335

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