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A Taste for Pop

A Taste for Pop
Pop Art, Gender and Consumer Culture

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Visual Culture

  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2004
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588218

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  • When Pop Art paintings depicted Campbell soup cans or comic-book scenes of teen romance, did they stoop to the level of their mundane sources, or did they instead transform the detritus of consumer culture into high art? In this study, Cécile Whiting declares this issue fundamentally irresolvable and instead takes the question itself, along with the varied answers it has generated, as the object of her analysis. Whiting presents case studies that focus on works by four artists - Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Marisol Escobar - who are closely associated with the Pop Art movement. Throughout her engaging analyses, Whiting unravels the gendered overtones of their cultural manoeuvrings, noting how the connotations of masculinity as attached to the seriousness of high art, and the presumed frivolity and caprice of a feminine world of consumption repositioned cultural frontiers and reformulated the relation between sexes.

    • First book to examine the two-way exchange between Pop art and consumer culture
    • Analyzes in depth two artists - Tom Wesselmann and Marisol Escobar - who have received almost no attention since the 1960s
    • Offers the first examination of various spaces in which Pop art was exhibited, including the home, department store and art gallery
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In this colourful and important study, Cécile Whiting measures contemporary understanding against historical analysis to unravel the role of gender in the creation and reception of Pop Art … a valuable overview of the challenges and repercussions of the Pop Art movement.' Museums and Galleries Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588218
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.615kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2004
  • Table of Contents

    1. Shopping for Pop
    2. Wesselmann and Pop at home
    3. Lichtenstein's borrowed spots
    4. Warhol, the public star and the private self
    5. Figuring Marisol's femininities

  • Author

    Cecile Whiting, University of California, Irvine

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