Professor Alex Seago

Publication & Launch of Pop Art & Design edited by Anne Massey & Alex Seago

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pop art and design boook 2.png This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions seeking out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject. The book launch is on November 30th at 7pm in Asa Briggs Hall.

Trump’s Tweets: talk by Tom Roberts in Kensington, 6pm 21 November

Dr Tom Roberts, co-author of How Trump Thinks: His Tweets and the Birth of a New Political Language (Head of Zeus 2017 – copy in the library) will be talking about Trump’s tweets on Tuesday 21 November in Asa Briggs Room 216, Kensington Campus. Doors open at 6pm.

Tom’s previous book, Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty, published by UQP, won the 2017 National Biography Award in Australia. The judges commented that ‘Before Rupert is deeply scholarly yet utterly accessible and enticing … Roberts has crafted a masterful biography, full of remarkable insights’.

The event is hosted by Richmond’s Centre for the Study of Persuasive Industries (CSPI).