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Title:
A taste for pop : pop art, gender, and consumer culture
Author:
Whiting, Cécile, 1958-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xii, 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521450041
Format :
Book

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Central Library NX180.S6 W5 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

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, Ccile 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.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Shopping for Pop
2 Wesselmann and Pop at home
3 Lichtensteins borrowed spots
4 Warhol, the public star and the private self
5 Figuring Marisols femininities
Conclusion

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