Art: Mucking With Media

The Whitney offers a long trek through the alien goo

"What?" hisses the staring comic-strip villain in the Roy Lichtenstein. "Why did you ask that? What do you know about my image duplicator?" A fair question, given the show this 26-year-old Pop classic finds itself in. Maybe there could (just) be a lazier treatment of a moderately interesting subject than the Whitney Museum's current effort, "Image World: Art and Media Culture," but it has to be one of the poorest on the Whitney's recent record -- which is indeed saying something.

The relations between art and photography, movies and TV are part of modernist history and as old as visual mass...

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