Author: Catharina Manchanda
Publisher/Date: Yale/Seattle Art Museum (c. 2014) Published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in Fine condition. 104 pages. Dimensions: 11.25 x 9.25 inches. Profusely illustrated in color.
Description: A survey of the decades-long legacy of American Pop Art, from the iconic works of the 1960s to contemporary art that innovatively revisits the movement’s key themes.
More than half a century after its advent, pop art retains its vitality, as shown in this selection of more than 50 works from the genre's early days and from the 21st century. Andy Warhol is well represented here with his Mick Jagger No. 1, Two White Mona Lisas, and—paired on opposing pages—Jackie and Marilyn. Other highlights in this book include Roy Lichtenstein's Kiss V, Wayne Thiebaud's Bakery Counter, and Claes Oldenburg's Bedroom Ensemble, a life-sized replica of a chic boudoir.
Key works by these artists are illustrated as the foundation for this look at the ongoing relevance of Pop Art and its interrogation of American culture into the 21st century. Following Pop’s heyday in the early 1960s, new generations of artists have returned to the questions surrounding consumerism and media culture.
Works made in the 1980s and 1990s by Jeff Koons (the kitsch relic St. John the Baptist), Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Arnie Siegel (the photography compilation My Way),and others reveal new methods and visual strategies that addressed these issues in a much different political and social climate. The innovative work of younger contemporary artists such as Elad Lassry, Josephine Meckseper (the installation American Mall), and Ryan Trecartin demonstrates that commodity culture, display, and the cult of celebrity maintain a strong resonance and are critically examined by today’s artists.
The catalogue also includes short texts by several artists, curators, and art historians, including Josephine Meckseper, James Voorhies, Richard Meyer, and Hal Foster.