Painting: Catcher of the Eye

As shock is wearing off and familiarity is setting in, two facts are emerging about the proliferating art movement called pop. First, it has proved to be the most copied U.S. art movement abroad since abstract expressionism, now turns up in galleries from Rome to Tokyo.

Second, among its welter of practitioners, two painters have emerged as the undisputed eye-catchers: Robert Rauschenberg, 38, (TIME, Sept.18), who made off with first honors last summer at the Venice Biennale, and Jasper Johns, 34, pop's most painterly painter (opposite).

The two are close friends, but miles...

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