The Pop Revolution

Alice Goldfarb Marquis was the author of books on Alfred Barr, Marcel Duchamp, and Clement Greenberg. Her new, posthumously published book The Pop Revolution: How an Unlikely Concatenation of Artists, Aficionados, Businessmen, Critics, Curators, Collectors, Dealers, and Hangers-On Radically Transformed the Art World (MFA Publications), was described by the author as “a social history of Pop Art, a group portrait of both the artists and the people who made some of them rich and famous in just a few years, while setting in motion the drastically altered way art is marketed and appreciated.” Editor Mark Polizzotti comments on the book at artbook.typepad.com.

In Michael Lewis’s review of the book for wsj.com, he writes:

One is constantly struck while reading the book by how friends-of-Pop like Thomas Hess, the editor of Art News, and foes like Max Kozloff, the art critic of the Nation, agreed on essential points and even used similar language. Kozloff’s abuse of Pop artists (“a demonic Pentecost of hipsters”) was virtually indistinguishable from Hess’s praise (“a livelier bunch of swinging humanoids won’t be found this side of Vegas”).