Pop Art: Colour Library (Phaidon Colour Library)

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Press:Phaidon Inc Ltd Phaidon Press (October 24, 1996)
Publication Date:1996-10
ISBN:9780714833323
Author Name:James, Jamie
Pages:128
Language:English

Content

Pop Art was one of the most revolutionary art movements of the 20th century. 
In the 1950s, a group of artists in Great Britain and the USA, rather than despising popular culture, gladly embraced both its imagery and its methods, using photographs, advertisements, posters, cartoons and everyday objects to form the basis of their art.
Their audacity at first scandalized the Establishment, but by the mid-1960s their work dominated the world art scene and names such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg were familiar to many.
This book examines the formation and growth of the movement with selected examples from the style's most important exponents.

From the Back Cover

Pop Art was one of the most revolutionary art movements of the twentieth century. 
During the years of the Macmillan and Eisenhower administrations, a period of peace and prosperity - and complacency - the first pop artists attempted to deflate the established order.
Their audacity at first scandalized the Establishment, but by the mid-1960s their work dominated the world art scene.
In the 1950s, a group of artists in Great Britain and the USA, rather than despising popular culture, gladly embraced both its imagery and its methods.
Photographs, advertisements, posters, cartoons and everyday objects formed the basis of their art.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-) painted scenes lifted straight from comic strips.
Andy Warhol (1928-87) took photographs from newspapers and silkscreened them onto canvases in shocking, fluorescent colours.
James Rosenquist (1933-), a billboard painter by training, borrowed banal images from advertising and put them together to make absurd juxtapositions.
More than any other art movement before or since, Pop Art exerted a strong influence on popular culture; its bold graphic style and insolence was widely imitated by the very media that had inspired it.

About the Author

Jamie James is the author of "The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in the Pursuit of Knowledge", "Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage", and other titles. 
He has contributed to the "New York Times", "Wall Street Journal", "Vanity Fair", and "National Geographic Traveler", among others, and served as art critic at "The New Yorker "and "The Times of London".
In 1999 he moved to Indonesia.

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  •     This was an inexpensive book on Pop Art. As such it's fairly basic, reproductions are good, choice of artists good. The text mostly describes the artists and not so much the Pop Art movement. For the price it's a good, nothing fancy here though.
  •     I love the Phaidon Colour Art Library. I have bought 7-8 of these books, including the Durer, Rembrandt and Klimt treatments, which were all superb books with excellent analysis and ultra-high-quality color reproductions. The Durer and Rembrandt books alone made me spend another $120 on books by these two. This Pop Art treatment was also quite fascinating and opened my eyes and made me go out and spend another $100 on modern art books. It surveys a fascinating, well-chosen selection of the works of dozens of representative pop/modern artists. A thoughtful analysis accompanies each painting/work, and taken collectively these descriptions comprehensively cover a range of themes, ideas, thoughts and paradigms of 20th century post-World War II art. For those who think that 20th century art, pop art or post-World War II art is "flimsy" in character or insightfullness compared to previous eras, this book is well-tailored. One finds that in fact there is a vast quantity of substance to the various art paradigms covered in the works represented here, and that these works do build new foundations and directions for thought. I personally found most of the works fascinating, from Jasper John's "Flag" and "Fool's House," which alone made me travel to the MOMA in search of Johns works and spend $33 on a MOMA book by Johns, to Rauschenberg's Odalisque, to Warhol's Cambell Soup Can, to Jim Din's "Child's Blue Wall," to Oldenburg's hilarious and lurid "Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag," to the "Wham" comic book "rendition" by Lichtenstein, to works by Wesselmann, Peter Blake, Ruscha, and many others. The book covers many important classics of recent times, and may well be, for such a low price, the best all-around introuction to both pop art and modern art. For [the price], I think it gives a great return in terms of "units of education acquired" per dollar spent.
 

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