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Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender & Consumer Culture
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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.
When Pop Art paintings depicted Campbell soup cans or comic-book scenes, did they stoop to the level of their sources, or did they transform the detritus of consumer culture into high art? Whiting declares this issue fundamentally irresolvable and instead takes the question itself as the object of her analysis.
A study of four artists closely associated with the Pop Art movement.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Shopping for Pop; 2. Wesselmann and Pop at home; 3. Lichtensteinâ€™s borrowed spots; 4. Warhol, the public star and the private self; 5. Figuring Marisolâ€™s femininities; Conclusion.
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