Pop Art

Pop Art : A Critical History

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Pop Art: A Critical History chronicles one of the most controversial art movements of the century. The anthology draws from a great range of sources, from the leading art magazines and art historical journals to newspapers and news magazines such as the New York Times, Life, and Newsweek. What emerges from this rich cross-section of critical and journalistic commentary is a fascinating view of the tumultuous rise of Pop art and its establishment as a major force in contemporary art. A broad selection of articles traces the emergence of the movement itself in England and America, as seen through the eyes of the working critics of the day. The focus then narrows to present in-depth writings on the four major Pop artists: Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol, along with an examination of many other artists involved in the movement. From reviews of the very first shows of many of these artists to interviews with them, to news stories about their collectors and their lifestyles, Pop Art: A Critical History represents the most complete and coherent record of Pop art yet published.
The book concludes with an invaluable chronology of the major '60s exhibitions by Pop artists. Among the contributors are Lawrence Alloway, John Coplans, Donald Judd, Max Kozloff, Gerald Nordland, Peter Plagens, Barbara Rose, Robert Rosenblum, John Russell, Gene Swenson, and Sidney Tillim.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 450 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 25mm | 1,043g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 25
  • 0520212436
  • 9780520212435
  • 1,388,142

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"Should be read by anyone interested in understanding the ways in which we have had to change our entire idea of what art is and what artists can do. Steven Henry Madoff has given us a clearly argued critical history of a complex moment in 20th-century American art. It is an important book."David A. Ross, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art"
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Steven Henry Madoff, Wham! Blam! How Pop Art Stormed the
High-Art Citadel and What the Critics Said

Frank O'Hara, from "Larry Rivers: `Why I Paint as I Do'"
Alison and Peter Smithson, "But Today We Collect Ads"
Richard Hamilton, "Letter to Peter and Alison Smithson"
Lawrence Alloway, "The Arts and the Mass Media"
Thomas B. Hess, "Mixed Mediums for a Soft Revolution"
Robert Rosenblum, "Jasper Johns"
Clement Greenberg, from "After Abstract Expressionism"
Jasia Reichardt, "Pop Art and After"
Alan R. Solomon, from "Robert Rauschenberg"

Sidney Tillim, from "Month in Review: New York Exhibitions"
Max Kozloff, "`Pop' Culture, Metaphysical Disgust, and the New Vulgarians"
Jules Langsner, from "Los Angeles Letter"
G. R. Swenson, "The New American `Sign Painters'"
Sidney Janis, "On the Theme of the Exhibition"
Brian O'Doherty, "Art: Avant-Garde Revolt"
John Coplans, "The New Painting of Common Objects"
Gilbert Sorrentino, "Kitch into `Art': The New Realism"
Barbara Rose, "Dada, Then and Now"
Peter Selz et al, "A Symposium on Pop Art"
Barbara Rose, "Pop Art at the Guggenheim"
Peter Selz, "The Flaccid Art"
Ivan C. Karp, "Anti-Sensibility Painting"
Alan R. Solomon, "The New Art"
John Coplans, "Pop Art, USA"
Thomas B. Hess, from "Pop and Public"
G.R. Swenson, "What Is Pop Art? Part I"
G.R. Swenson, from "What Is Pop Art? Part II"
John Canaday, "Pop Art Sells On and On - Why?"
Tullia Zevi, "The Biennale: How Evil is Pop Art?"
Max Kozloff, "Dissimulated Pop"
Unsigned, "Pop Art Exhibited, and It's Crazy, Dad"
Robert Rosenblum, "Pop Art and Non-Pop Art"
Sidney Tillim, "Further Observations on the Pop Phenomenon"
Bruce Glaser, "Oldenburg, Lichtenstein, Warhol: A Discussion"
Peter Benchley, "Special Report: The Story of Pop,"
John Adkins Richardson, "Dada, Camp, and the Mode Called Pop"
Dana Adams Schmidt, "London Court Fines a Gallery for
`Indecent' Pop-Art Display"
Peter Plagens, "Present-Day Styles and Ready-Made Criticism"
Lawrence Alloway, "Popular Culture and Pop Art"
John Russell, "Pop Reappraised"
Harold Rosenberg, "The Art World: Marilyn Mondrian"

Roy Lichtenstein
Unsigned, "Everything Clear Now?"
Donald Judd, "In the Galleries: Roy Lichtenstein"
Robert Rosenblum, "Roy Lichtenstein and the Realist Revolt"
Douglas McClellan, "Roy Lichtenstein, Ferus Gallery"
Dorothy Seiberling, "Is He the Worst Artist in the U.S.?"
John Ashbery, "Pop Artist Switches to Aggressive Neutral Banality"
John Coplans, "Talking with Roy Lichtenstein"
Albert Boime, "Roy Lichtenstein and the Comic Strip"
Diane Waldman, "Roy Lichtenstein"
Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg, "Statement"
Michael Fried, "New York Letter"
Jill Johnston, "Off Off-Broadway; `Happenings' at Ray Gun Mfg. Co."
Ellen H. Johnson, "The Living Object"
Gerald Nordland, from "Marcel Duchamp and
Common Object Art"
Donald Judd, "In the Galleries: Claes Oldenburg"
OEyvind Fahlstroem, "Object-Making"

Barbara Rose, "Claes Oldenburg's Soft Machines"
Richard Kostelanetz, from "Claes Oldenburg"
James Rosenquist
Gene R. Swenson, "Reviews and Previews:
New Names This Month: James Rosenquist"
Edward F. Fry, essay from exhibition catalogue, James Rosenquist
William Wilson, "Los Angeles: James Rosenquist"
Lucy R. Lippard, "James Rosenquist: Aspects of a Multiple Art"
Doon Arbus, "The Man in the Paper Suit"
Hilton Kramer, "A New Hangar for Rosenquist's Jet-Pop `F-111'"
Robert C. Scull, "Re the F-111: A Collector's Notes"
Sidney Tillim, "Rosenquist at the Met: Avant-Garde or Red Guard?"
Lawrence Alloway, "Art"
Andy Warhol
Henry T. Hopkins, "Andy Warhol, Ferus Gallery"
Michael Fried, from "New York Letter"
Donald Judd, "In the Galleries: Andy Warhol"
Arthur Danto, "The Artworld"
Unsigned, "Saint Andrew"
Thomas B. Hess, "Reviews and Previews:
New Names this Month: Andy Warhol"
Roger Vaughan, "Superpop or a Night at the Factory"
David Antin, "Warhol: The Silver Tenement"
William Wilson, "Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and
Passivities of Andy Warhol"
John Coplans, "Early Warhol: The Systematic Evolution
of the Impersonal Style"

Allan D'Arcangelo
Vivien Raynor, "In the Galleries: Allan D'Arcangelo"
Nicolas Calas, "Highways & By-ways"
Jim Dine
Alan R. Solomon, "Jim Dine and the Psychology of the New Art"
Robert Pincus-Witten, "New York: Jim Dine"
oeyvind Fahlstroem
Torsten Ekbom, "OEyvind Fahlstroem: Models of Shattered Reality"
Robert Indiana
G. R. Swenson, "The Horizons of Robert Indiana"
Jan van der Marck, foreword from exhibition catalogue, Robert Indiana
Mel Ramos
Jay Jacobs, "In the Galleries: Mel Ramos"
Robin Skelton, "The Art of Mel Ramos"
Edward Ruscha
Nancy Marmer, "Edward Ruscha, Ferus Gallery"
John Coplans, "Concerning `Various Small Fires':
Edward Ruscha Discusses His Perplexing Publications"
George Segal
Allan Kaprow, "Segal's Vital Mummies"
John Perreault, "Plaster Caste"
Peter Saul
Jack Kroll, "Reviews and Previews:
New Names this Month: Peter Saul"
Ellen H. Johnson, essay from exhibition catalogue, Peter Saul
Wayne Thiebaud
Thomas B. Hess, "Reviews and Previews:
New Names this Month: Wayne Thiebaud"
Diane Waldman, "Thiebaud: Eros in Cafeteria"
John Wesley
Donald Judd, "In the Galleries: John Wesley"
Tom Wesselmann
Brian O'Doherty, "`Pop' Show by Tom Wesselmann Is Revisited"
J. A. Abramson, "Tom Wesselmann and the Gates of Horn"

Max Kozloff, "American Painting during the Cold War"
Roland Barthes, "That Old Thing, Art . . ."
Robert Hughes, "The Rise of Andy Warhol"
Lynne Cooke, from "The Independent Group:
British and American Pop Art, a `Palimpcestuous' Legacy"
Bruce Altshuler, from "Pop Triumphant: A New Realism"

An Exhibitions Chronicle: 1958-1970,
Steven Henry Madoff and Alexandra Muse

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"To understand where we are in American art, we need 'Pop Art: A Critical History' to remind us of where we were. Thorough and as lively as the era it documents, Steven Henry Madoff's indispensable compendium neatly recaptures a moment that irrevocably altered American culture."--Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, "New York Times
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About Steven Henry Madoff

Steven Henry Madoff is a widely published art critic and former executive editor of ARTnews magazine. He is currently an editor at Time Inc. New Media.
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