Pop

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by Mark Francis
     
 

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From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word 'Pop' described any example of art, film, photography and architectural design that engaged with the new realities of mass production and the mass media. In addition to key artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Richard Hamilton and many others, this book includes works of photography and avant-garde

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From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word 'Pop' described any example of art, film, photography and architectural design that engaged with the new realities of mass production and the mass media. In addition to key artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Richard Hamilton and many others, this book includes works of photography and avant-garde film, as well as what the critic Reyner Banham defined as pop architecture, ranging from Alison and Peter Smithson's House of the Future to Archigram's Walking City and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas.

Edited by an internationally recognized expert on Pop art and culture, this book surveys Pop across all artforms and gives equal coverage to its American, British and European manifestations. Survey: renowned scholar and critic Hal Foster focuses on the Pop image as it developed over the period: Reyner Banham, The Independent Group and Pop Design; Richard Hamilton and the Tabular Image; Roy Lichtenstein and the Screened Image; Andy Warhol and the Seamy Image; Gerhard Richter and the Photogenic Image; Ed Ruscha and the Cineramic Image; and, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and the Postmodern Absorption of Pop. Works: each image is accompanied by an extended caption. This section is chronologically sequenced: Revolt into Style (1956-60) surveys the birth of Pop culture and its images, including the American Beat generation artists, photographers and filmmakers; Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, the French Decollageistes, Richard Hamilton and the 'British Pop' of the Independent Group. Consumer Culture (1960-63) chronicles American Pop's explosion, from Roy Lichtenstein's cartoon-based paintings to Claes Oldenburg's Store and Andy Warhol's Factory. Colonization of the Mind (1963-66) looks at American Pop's reception in Europe, in the work of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and others. Spectacular Time (1966-67) surveys late Pop developments, from Warhol's Silver Clouds to Malcolm Morley's Photorealism. Helter Skelter (1968) documents Pop's demise and transformation into postmodernism, in projects such as Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas.

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Library Journal
In this latest addition to Phaidon's "Themes and Movements" series, curator Francis (founding director, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh) and critic Foster (art & archaeology, Princeton Univ.; Compulsive Beauty) provide an important survey of the international Pop movement in the period between the 1950s and 1970s. Foster's eloquent 35-page essay lays out the development of the Pop image, focusing on the assemblage of artists and intellectuals known as the Independent Group; Richard Hamilton, its founding member; Roy Lichtenstein; Andy Warhol; Gerhard Richter; Ed Ruscha; and the postmodern adoption of Pop imagery. Five chronological selections of artworks with extended commentary by Foster are then followed by a parallel selection of excerpts from documents, artists' statements, and other contemporary contextual writings. Despite its awkward-to-hold square shape and a difficult-to-read sans serif type and layout, this work is an important consideration of the electric-and, er, popular-period it chronicles. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714856636
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
06/23/2010
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,251,212
Product dimensions:
9.86(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Mark Francis is a London-based curator and writer. A director of Gagosian Gallery, he was formerly Chief Curator of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and its Founding Director. He has been the curator of major exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, where in 2001 he edited the catalogue for 'Les Annees Pop'. He is the author of numerous essays and catalogues on artists including Richard Hamilton, Dan Graham, Douglas Gordon, Andy Warhol, and the Situationist International Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A Founding Editor of the journal October, he is the author of Compulsive Beauty, The Return of the Real and Prosthetic Gods (MIT Press, 1993; 1996; 2004) and editor of The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture and Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics (Bay Press, 1983; 1985; reissued by The New Press). A former Senior Editor of Art in America, he has contributed to numerous periodicals including Zone magazine, Diacritics, Documents and Artforum.

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