1. Cool: Great art; cool; My Marilyn; odd pop; Pop; Tom Wolfe; ballrooms versus the ICA * 2. Context: Naturalism; 'multi-allusive'; British Beat; the Pop age; modernism; postmodernism; 'the manner of apprehending'; poetic impulse; beauty; brief historical overview; 1986 as the end of the Pop age * 3. Epiphany: Intimacy regulators; Lux; The Large Glass I; imaging James Joyce's Ulysses * 4. Revolution: Pop age; Swinging London '67; Unorthodox Rendition; Kent State; the summer of '68; The Beatles; the whiteness of the White Album; Chicago project; Revolution 1; 'commodified dissent' * 5. Women: Marcel Duchamp vs. Goethe; thirtysomething; re Nude; truth and beauty; Fashion-plate (cosmetic studies); Baudelaire; 'the Scatological Period'; Romantic irony; A Host of Angels; Untitled; question answered * Illustration credits * Acknowledgments * Index
A rare monograph on one of the most influential and prescient artists of the 20th century, dubbed 'the father of Pop art', whose seminal and pioneering work explored and crystallized the rapidly changing postwar world of consumer capitalism and popular culture.
Michael Bracewell is a British writer, critic and novelist. He writes widely on modern and contemporary art and is a contributor to frieze, The Burlington and Parkett magazines. His recent publications include Richard Hamilton: Late Works (2012); Lucy McKenzie (2013); Damien Hirst: The Complete Psalm Paintings (2014); Kai Althoff (2015); Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol (2016); and What is Gilbert and George? (2017). His selected writings on art, The Space Between, were published in 2012.