Art: The Instant Nostalgia of Pop

Pop art reflects the times. It is an expression of a society that puts less emphasis on breeding, formal education and even wealth than on presentation . . . It is a chic open to everyone, and qualifications for entry can be acquired as easily as learning the latest dance fad.

Thus, in 1965, the director of the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, Samuel Green, took the pratfall from the ivory tower in a preface to the world's first book on pop art, an emetically extravagant volume by a writer named John Rublowsky....

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