A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender and Consumer Culture (Cambridge Studies in American Visual 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, CÚcile 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.

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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.

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'In this colourful and important study, CÚcile Whiting measures contemporary understanding against historical analysis to unravel the role of gender in the creation and reception of Pop Art ... a valuable overview of the challenges and repercussions of the Pop Art movement.' Museums and Galleries Magazine

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