The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha by Hal FosterThe First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha by Hal Foster

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byHal Foster

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Who branded painting in the Pop age more brazenly than Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha? And who probed the Pop revolution in image and identity more intensely than they? InThe First Pop Age, leading critic and historian Hal Foster presents an exciting new interpretation of Pop art through the work of these Pop Five.

Beautifully illustrated in color throughout, the book reveals how these seminal artists hold on to old forms of art while drawing on new subjects of media; how they strike an ambiguous attitude toward both high art and mass culture; and how they suggest that a heightened confusion between images and people is definitive of Pop culture at large.

AsThe First Pop Agelooks back to the early years of Pop art, it also raises important questions about the present: What has changed in the look of screened and scanned images today? Is our media environment qualitatively different from that described by Warhol and company? Have we moved beyond the Pop age, or do we live in its aftermath?

A masterful account of one of the most important periods of twentieth-century art, this is a book that also sheds new light on our complex relationship to images today.

About The Author

Hal Fosteris the Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, and the author of many books, includingThe Return of the Real,Design and Crime,Prosthetic Gods, andThe Art-Architecture Complex. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2010 recipient of the Clark Prize for E...
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Title:The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter…Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 23, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Homo Imago 1
Chapter 1: Richard Hamilton, or the Tabular Image 17
Chapter 2: Roy Lichtenstein, or the Cliché Image 62
Chapter 3: Andy Warhol, or the Distressed Image 109
Chapter 4: Gerhard Richter, or the Photogenic Image 172
Chapter 5: Ed Ruscha, or the Deadpan Image 210
Pop Test 249
Notes 253
Photography and Copyright Credits 321
Subject Index 323
Title Index 335

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"Anyone seeking a crisp argument for the importance of contemporary art history should welcome the introduction of Hal Foster's latest book, The First Pop Age. . . . [Foster's] set of claims, briskly laid out, offers a model for what art history might now aim to achieve. . . . [The First Pop Age] is the definitive book on Pop and subjectivity. It is a book we have needed for some time. It is only a bonus, then, that The First Pop Age is such a pleasure to read. Foster's voice is lively and bright; one has the feeling of listening to a series of captivating scholarly talks, ideas tumbling out as if effortlessly. The compact volume is simply designed but lushly illustrated, a perfect size for toting and dipping into, one essay at a time. . . . [A]n excellent book--a significant contribution to the huge literature on Warhol. . . . The First Pop Age is a virtuosic summation of thoughts Foster has been working on for years, and cumulatively it offers some of art history's most piercing characterizations of recent capitalist subjectivity. . . . It is no surprise that Foster has produced such a powerful account. He has been a major figure in modernist art history for thirty years--having demonstrated just how richly valuable art can be as a means for understanding twentieth-century experience. . . . [T]his book is indispensible. We will not soon find a better or more convincing statement of the ways in which popular culture has fashioned a new subject."--Joshua Shannon, Art Journal