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A great collection with a few minor flaws
on December 23, 2007
Yet another great addition to the Taschen 25th Anniversary series. As one would expect, there are many beautifully reproduced works representing some of the finest works of the pop art era. Most of the chapters cover a certain theme (e.g. Media and Art, Origins of Pop Art), while four or five chapters at the end concentrate on specific artists. You get some good commentary on Warhol, Hamilton, Lichtenstein, and a couple others. Finally, the book includes a biographical dictionary of some of the most important pop art figures.
I have two criticisms. First, the book feels slightly wordy. I'm no stranger to academic and scholarly writing, and I can usually tell when someone is posturing. The content is fine, but the style is excessive. When you start seeing "objectivize" where "objective" would perfectly suffice, you know something is up. It's not a huge criticism, but it keeps the text from reading as well as it could.
The second criticism deals with the synchronization of image and text. When you're reading, you are often required to flip forwards or backwards up to three or four pages to find the work under discussion. In a book where the text so clearly aligns with the images, this is an announce.
However, this probably isn't the larger point. I'd recommend buying it for the wonderful reproductions alone. There are certainly better books on pop art - the text isn't anything profound - but there aren't many available for this price. High-quality reproductions along with some helpful commentary make for an excellent book.