The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art

A major survey of Pop Art from private collections. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title, The Pop Object is the most comprehensive survey of Pop Art to be organized by theme and historical precedents, with such classic works as Andy Warhol’s Brillo Soap Pads, Robert Arneson’s Oreo Cookie Jar, Claes Oldenburg’s Pie à la Mode, Roy Lichtenstein’s Black Flowers, and Wayne Thiebaud’s Gumball Machine. With more than ninety color illustrations, this large-format book brings together the most important examples of works by artists Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Marisol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and many others, from the 1960s to the present. The still life has often been the stepchild to landscape, history, and figurative painting. By examining themes like food and drink, household objects, flowers, and body parts, noted art historian John Wilmerding emphasizes Pop’s playfulness and brings the history of the movement right up to date.

About The Author

John Wilmerding is a Sarofim Professor of American art, emeritus, at Princeton University. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He is the author of many books, including monographs on Wayne Thiebaud, Tom Wesselmann, Richard Estes, and Robert Indiana.

  • Publish Date: April 09, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 12-1/4
  • Pages: 288
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $80.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3967-4


The Pop Object is an impressive new hardcover title from Rizzoli. The hefty 248-page, large format tome is a major survey of pop art from the ‘60s through today..” ~TypoGraphical

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