London: Whitechapel Gallery, 1964. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff card wraps, french flaps, black endpapers.
Exhibition catalog for Whitechapel Gallery's landmark group show of a dozen British pop painters under thirty – David Hockney, Allen Jones and Bridget Riley among them. "If there are two words that can be said to characterize the aesthetic aims and style of the 'generation' represented here, they are 'toughness' and ambiguity.' The one reflects a desire both to play it cool, be objective, unsentimental, detached and at the same time to pull no punches, be firm, decisive, hard. The other is a common enough element in all modern art, though not with the new value set on puns, puzzles, and double meanings" (from the introduction). Other artists include Patrick Caulfield, Patrick Procktor and John Hoyland (Riley notably being the only woman in the exhibit). Each artist contributed four canvases, with all illustrated in the catalog (one each in color, the other three in black-and-white); also with black-and-white photos and biographical notes for each artist. Light creasing and rubbing to spine, light edgewear. Item #2859