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Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is best known for conducting the last interview with Andy Warhol. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, Manhattan, inc., Fame, Connoisseur and Interview magazines as well as The New York Times, Flash Art and Parkett, he edited Anything Goes: Art in Australia 1970 - 1980 (1984) and Post-Pop Art (1989). Before taking up residence in New York City in 1984, he founded the Australian journal Art & Text in 1981 and curated the landmark "POPISM" exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1982. Among his other activities in New York he curated the exhibition "Impresario: Malcolm McLaren and the British New Wave" for The New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1988. He is described by famed New York gallerist Leo Castelli as writing "groundbreaking articles" and by Grey Art gallery director Thomas Sokolowski as "deflating the windbags and unmasking the succubi of the art world in the raucous 1980s." He was a frequent speaker at museum panel discussions and in 1986 was Australian Commissioner at the Biennale of Venice. Paul Taylor died of AIDS-related illness in Melbourne in 1992. --http://home.vicnet.net.au/~bookman/paultay.htm [Jul 2004]

Post Pop Art brings together critical essays about American British, and Continental Pop Art written by some of the leading theorists of our time. From Guy Debord's proto-Pop Situationist manifesto of 1950 to a late reflection by Roland Barthes, and two arguments about Pop by the influential philosopher Jean Baudrillard, Post Pop Art provides a timely retrospective look at the complex origins and contemporary manifestations of Pop Art.

Post Pop Art also looks at the classic period of Pop Art from a 1980s perspective and discusses its relevance to Punk and New Wave music, artistic appropriation, and the post Pop movements of today. "That critics can still find in Pop a model for political debate is only one of the multitude of paradoxes that abound in this seemingly most impassive and celebratory of art movements," writes Paul Taylor.

Also included in the book are essays by Dan Graham on Punk, the full text of a famous essay by Dick Hebdige, "In Poor Taste," and two essays by Americans David Dietcher and Mary Anne Staniszewski written after Andy Warhol's death.

Paul Taylor, an art critic in New York is the founding editor and publisher of Art & Text magazine. He has curated several exhibitions on Pop Art and is editor of Impresario: Malcolm McLaren and the British New Wave. Post­Pop Art is a Flash Art Book. --http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?tid=4391&ttype=2 [Jul 2004]

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