Author: Alastair Sooke
Publisher: Penguin UK
Pop Art by the BBC's Alastair Sooke - an essential but snappy new guide to our favourite art movement Pop Art is the most important 20th-century art movement. It brought Modernism to the masses, making art sexy and fun with coke cans and comics. Today, in our age of selfies and social networking, we are still living in a world defined by Pop. Full of brand new interviews and research, Sooke describes the great works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and other key figures, but also re-examines the movement for the 21st century and asks if it is still art? He reveals a global story, tracing Pop's surprising origins in 19th-century Paris to uncovering the forgotten female artists of the 1960s.
Author: Arthur C. Danto
Publisher: Yale University Press
In a work of great wisdom and insight, art critic and philosopher Arthur Danto delivers a compact, masterful tour of Andy Warhol's personal, artistic, and philosophical transformations. Danto traces the evolution of the pop artist, including his early reception, relationships with artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and the Factory phenomenon. He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key differences with predecessors such as Marcel Duchamp, and parallels with successors like Jeff Koons. Danto brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of Warhol's time and shows us Warhol as an endlessly multidimensional figure--artist, political activist, filmmaker, writer, philosopher--who retains permanent residence in our national imagination. Danto suggests that "what makes him an American icon is that his subject matter is always something that the ordinary American understands: everything, or nearly everything he made art out of came straight out of the daily lives of very ordinary Americans. . . . The tastes and values of ordinary persons all at once were inseparable from advanced art."
Author: Alberto Mario Banti
Publisher: Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa
C'era una volta Wonderland, una terra di racconti meravigliosi fatta dalle parole dei romanzi, dalle trasmissioni radio, dalle figure dei fumetti, dalle immagini del cinema e della televisione. Wonderland è l'America con la sua industria culturale. Un soft power, che ha costruito una vera e propria ideologia. La sua storia ci consente di comprendere le eredità che solcano ancora l'immaginario dell'Occidente contemporaneo. Nel 1933 viene lanciato nei cinema USA I tre porcellini di Walt Disney. Questo piccolo avvenimento segna l'inizio della parabola della cultura mainstream promossa dai film delle majors hollywoodiane, raccolta e amplificata dalla radio e dalla tv. Questo tipo di cultura, basata su un'idea consolatoria dell'intrattenimento, fondata su una visione manichea del bene contro il male e sul must del lieto fine, prende forma allora e mette radici nell'immaginario collettivo dell'Occidente. Basti pensare a film come Via col vento, Il mago di Oz e Gli uomini preferiscono le bionde, o a fumetti come Tarzan, Dick Tracy o i supereroi. Dopo la seconda guerra mondiale si assiste invece alla nascita e al successo di una controcultura di massa, animata – sin dai primi anni Sessanta – soprattutto dalla formazione e dal successo della musica rock. Bob Dylan, Beatles, Pink Floyd intrecciano i loro rapporti con il coevo 'nuovo cinema' di Hollywood, da Easy Rider a Il laureato, fino alla nuova produzione teatrale di Broadway e alle nuove forme della programmazione televisiva. Una cultura alternativa, con al centro gli afroamericani, i ragazzi e le ragazze delle subculture giovanili, i militanti per i diritti civili. Questa costellazione potente si dissolve a partire dalla metà degli anni Settanta permettendo alla cultura di massa mainstream di rinnovare la sua egemonia, ancora oggi evidente.
Il consumo della pop art
Author: Carolina Carriero
Publisher: Editoriale Jaca Book
Following his sweeping exploration of landscape in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, published in the phenomenally successful"David Hockney: A Bigger Picture," this new volume looks exclusively at a new series of portraits that David Hockney, one of the most famous artists in the world, has been painting recently.In 2012, Hockney returned to California, where he had lived and worked for long periods. There followed a series of painted portraits, the subjects of which ranged from studio assistants and office staff to family, friends, and long-term acquaintances. Also included are a number of fellow artists, curators, and gallerists, including John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Reproduced in stunning colorplates the paintings are shown alongside revealing images of the works in various stages of development, which provide an exciting insight into Hockney s painterly process. The book is introduced with two important new texts. This vivid series of portraits, executed in bold acrylics, observant and full of life, marks Hockney s vibrant return to Technicolor form."
Author: Klaus Honnef
Pop artists of the 1960s, heralded by the Great Andy Warhol, commented on everything from mainstream media to consumer society to advertising to product packaging with colorful and often comical works. Pop Art's profound influence on contemporary art and culture remains prominent today. Nowhere else can you find so much Pop Art in such a compact, stylish book!
Author: Maurizio Calvesi, Alberto Boatto
Publisher: Giunti Editore
The Colour Monster
Author: Anna Llenas
One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour. A gentle exploration of feelings for young and old alike.
Becoming Andy Warhol
Author: Nick Bertozzi
Celebrated during his lifetime as much for his personality as for his paintings, Andy Warhol (1928–87) is the most famous and influential of the Pop artists, who developed the notion of 15 minutes of fame, and the idea that an artist could be as illustrious as the work he creates. This graphic novel biography offers insight into the turning point of Warhol’s career and the creation of the Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural for the 1964 World’s Fair, when Warhol clashed with urban planner Robert Moses, architect Philip Johnson, and Governor Nelson Rockefeller. In Becoming Andy Warhol, New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bertozzi and artist Pierce Hargan showcase the moment when, by stubborn force of personality and sheer burgeoning talent, Warhol went up against the creative establishment and emerged to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.