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A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War
In October 1962, a set of blurred surveillance photographs brought the world to the brink of nuclear apocalypse during the Cuban missile crisis. The pictures themselves demonstrated little, and explanatory captions were necessary to identify the danger for the public. In the following months, two artists with antithetical backgrounds arrived at a similar aesthetic: Andy ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Yale University Press
(first published July 1st 2013)
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Until 1961, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol followed the rules--Richter painted East German socialist-realist murals, Warhol was doing commercial advertising. But then, both broke loose, with Richter defecting to West Germany and Warhol unmooring into pop art, but both adopting techniques and images from the recent politicized Cold War visual repertoire, like the color bands on film exposed to radiation, aerial photography and blurry action shots of violence in mass media.