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

Author(s): Hal Foster


Provides an interpretation of Pop art by examining five artists who capture the conditions of painting and subjectivity in the Pop age. This book explores the work of the Americans Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha, the Englishman Richard Hamilton, and the German Gerhard Richter.


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Foster digs deep into the work of five pop painters: Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and Ed Ruscha, paying particular attention to the formal qualities and often complex processes they used to create their paintings. This marks a shift from traditional readings of pop, which privilege subject matter over form... Revolutionary... Foster expertly leads us through the intricacies of one of art history's most popular movements. -- Anny Shaw, Art Newspaper [Foster] brilliantly weaves a history of five Pop artists, including Andy Warhol, to detail his proposition that Pop Art, as much as it came as a reaction to the pressures of modernity, was centrally concerned with the role of the image in contemporary culture. -- Joel Kuennen, ArtSlant The First Pop Age presents a fresh and highly engaging take on one of the most worked-over movements in the history of art... Any book by Foster, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, is something of an event in art history circles and The First Pop Age is no exception. It is lavishly illustrated throughout. -- Cassone Magazine

Hal Foster is the Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, and the author of many books, including "The Return of the Real", "Design and Crime", "Prosthetic Gods", and "The Art-Architecture Complex". A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2010 recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing and the 2011 Siemens Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Homo Imago 1 Chapter 1: Richard Hamilton, or the Tabular Image 17 Chapter 2: Roy Lichtenstein, or the Cliche 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

General Fields

  • : 9780691151380
  • : The University Press Group Ltd
  • : Princeton University Press
  • : October 2011
  • : 203mm X 152mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 352
  • : Hardback
  • : Hal Foster