This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of 'pop'. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions, the authors seek out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas.
Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture' divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book's central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Massey and Seago assert that this relationship was articulated through the artwork, design, publications and exhibitions of a network of key practitioners. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject.
Anne Massey is Professor of Design and Culture at LCC, University of the Arts London, UK.
Alex Seago is Dean of the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond, The American International University in London, UK. Previously he lectured in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, UK.
Introduction - Anne Massey and Alex Seago
1. Popular art, Pop Art, and `the boys who turn out the fine arts'
2. Cecil Beaton, Richard Hamilton and the Queer, Transatlantic Origins of Pop Art
3. Althea McNish and the British African diaspora
4. Programming Pop Art and Design
5. ARK Magazine: the Royal College of Art and early British Art School Pop
6. Prologue to Edward Wright, `Chad, Kilroy, the cannibal's footprint and the Mona Lisa' first published in ARK 19 (Spring 1957)
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7. Pauline Boty: Pop Artist, pop persona, performing across the `long front of culture'
8. A Dedicated Follower of Fashion'
9. 'Where is this pop?' In Search of the British Pop Poster
Rick Poynor and Alex Seago
The next stage in the ever-expanding study of Pop Art-in Britain or anywhere else-should begin with this volume. Its editors and contributors offer vital, cogently presented expertise in design, dress, education and deep popular culture, without which no future Pop scholar or interpreter should proceed. * Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at New York University, USA *
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