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Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:16:24 PM »

More on Pop Goes the Easel in a book on the development of pop art.  It is a review by Julia Sutherland in the Financial Times on 7 July 2020.  The book is London’s New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s by Lisa Tickner.

"And 1962’s seminal Pop art documentary, Pop Goes the Easel, made by Ken Russell for the BBC arts strand Monitor, was building on what was already becoming a strong theme: “old” art was dead, and some younger British artists, rather than following the Abstract Expressionism of their American forebears of the previous decade, were making art from the stuff of everyday life around them — the imagery of mass consumption, anything from pinball machines to Kellogg’s cereal packets. 

Of the four chosen artists, only one — Peter Blake — is a household name today. Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips are less well known; the sole woman in the group, Pauline Boty, has had a belated rediscovery. She died of cancer at only 28, so it’s hard to say what her career would have been: this book, though, gives a tantalising glimpse of a very young artist cleverly and deliberately playing with her own sexuality (as a provocative bottle-blonde) to challenge the norms of the time."

The full article is here
https://www.ft.com/content/3c4d3034-b050-4eba-94f5-d51299adf36b

Also see the website for the film and the artists including an alternative view.
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-tv-monitor-classics.html

Posted by: Rosebud
« on: December 17, 2011, 01:14:12 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tbVTEW7wS8&feature=related

Somebody posted "Pop Goes the Easel" on youtube.