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Summer Reading, A Pop Art Primer — Blue Heron Fine Art Blog

Summer Reading, A Pop Art Primer

by Jim Puzinas on June 29, 2010

Two excellent books have just been released in the past month that define the circumstances that ushered into the American art scene what has been described as Pop Art by its early proponents. Even if your collecting interest is firmly entrenched in earlier more traditional painting styles, these books provide tremendous insight into the artistic revolution that forms the basis of much of what is created by today’s contemporary artists.

"The Pop Revolution" by Alicia Marquis

"The Pop Revolution" by Alicia Marquis

“The Pop Revolution” by  Alice Goldfarb Marquis reads like an insider’s journey into the New York art scene  in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Filled with wonderful anecdotes, Ms. Marquis brings now famous artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol to life. Funny, entertaining and educational, this book is a quick read that I would describe as “catnip” for anyone interested in this period of American Art.

"Leo and His Circle, The Life of Leo Castelli" by Annie Cohen-Solal

"Leo and His Circle, The Life of Leo Castelli" by Annie Cohen-Solal

“The Life and Circle of Leo Castelli”  traces the rise of what was considered one of the most influential and powerful art dealers in New York City during  the late 1950’s and 1960’s. More like a historical novel for the first hundred pages, the book takes a little time to get into as the author develops the lineage of Leo Castelli.  Castelli’s European background and education provided him with the necessary tools to create one of the most successful contemporary art galleries in New York City. The stories are fascinating, in particular Castelli’s finesse in using his considerable influence to bring America it’s first Gold at the Venice Biennale in 1964.

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