Jasper Johns, Flag
Jasper Johns, Target With Four Faces
Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram
Robert Rauschenberg, Retroactive I
Andy Warhol, Marylin Monroe Diptych
Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Can
Andy Warhol, Green Disaster
James Rosenquist, The F 111, detail
Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl
Claes Oldenburg, Giant Soft Fan
Early TV and Politics
Here is a sample of the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960. Note the strange vividness and grainy slippage of early TV.
Dwight Eisenhower was the first American President to use television, however TV made John F. Kennedy's presidency. As you can see on this video, Kennedy was confident on TV, and had the poise and the looks for TV. Richard Nixon would later make brilliant use of television advertising in his 1968 presidential campaign, but he was never comfortable or confident appearing before TV cameras, not in this 1960 debate and not ever. It is sometimes said that this first of all televised debates tipped the 1960 election in Kennedy's favor. It was a triumph of form over substance. On the issues, Nixon arguably prevailed or held his own. Kennedy before this debate was perceived as a mindless rich playboy, the creation of his powerful father Joseph P. Kennedy's money and influence. Kennedy not only had to be knowledgeable on the issues, but had to "look" presidential, to reassure the voters that he could lead. This first appearance live on TV to an audience of millions was a great success for Kennedy.
They certainly have changed a lot since 1965. Ah, where are the cigarette ashes of yesteryear?
The Velvet Underground:
You can't do anything on Warhol or Pop Art without at least one tune by The Velvet Underground.