Pop Art

Pop Art

A Colourful History

Book - 2015
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Pop Art was arguably the most important art movement of the twentieth century. By shifting attention from the exalted to the everyday, it brought Modernism to the masses and made art sexy, glamorous and fun by focusing upon Coke cans, film stars and comics. And today, in our age of selfies and social networking, its influence is visible all around us. Drawing upon brand new interviews with the most important living Pop artists, widely acclaimed art historian Alastair Sooke not only explores the great works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and their familiar contemporaries; he also reveals the artists who were crucial at the time yet are now often forgotten, including Marisol Escobar, who once attracted more publicity even than Warhol, and Rosalyn Drexler, a former professional wrestler. And Pop Art wasn't just about New York- it was invented in London and had important centres on the West Coast of America and in Europe. Sooke tells the overlooked global story of Pop, and examines its afterlife around the world today, through the work of contemporary artists such as Christian Marclay and Ryan Trecartin. Full of fascinating details about the artists' lives, and recreating the world they inhabited, this succinct yet all-encompassing new history will make you see the world of the Pop artists - our everyday world - with fresh eyes. 'Sooke is an immensely engaging character. He has none of the weighty self-regard that often afflicts art experts and critics; rather he approaches his subjects with a questioning, open, exploratory attitude.' The Times 'A brilliant account . . . so poetically precise in its evocations of the cut-outs . . . so tender in its sympathy.' Peter Conrad on Henri Matisse- A Second Life
Publisher: [London] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9780241973059
Branch Call Number: 709.04071 SOO 2015
Characteristics: 212 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 19 cm

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Jan 31, 2017

A clearly and enthusiastically written little book focused around four artists, with a special focus on British artists. Its main shortcoming is a major one: few pictures in the book, although many are mentioned. Gives special consideration to women artists, and also mentions some German ones.
I should think that publishers would have figured out by now that art history is ideally suited to the ebook format for gizmos (larger tablet computers).

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