Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Pop Book Box

Image as Language
Aspects of British Art 1950-1968
Christopher Finch
Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middx, 1969

A graduate of Chelsea School of Art, Christopher Finch (b.1939) worked as designer for New Worlds magazine and also wrote about contemporary art in many journals and books. This book on British Pop Art covers most of the usual suspects, and despite suffering from rather lackluster black and white reproductions, Finch presents some interesting thoughts on Pop's relationship with the culture and media of the period.

I particularly like Joe Tilson's A-Z Box of Family and Friends (1963), in which Tilson constructed the box and asked his Pop chums such as Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and so on, to contribute items to fill it.

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