1960s

Radical Japanese Photography From the 1960s and ’70s

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Early photography in Japan focused on commercial endeavors and represented a Western image of traditional Asian culture. Pioneering photographers like Tamamura Kōzaburō and Ogawa Kazumasa created a shift in artistic representation during the modernized Meiji period (late 19th to early 20th centuries). But the late 1960s through the 1970s saw a radical change in Japanese photography that created a new visual language, laying the groundwork for the country’s contemporary art scene.
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Revisiting Iconic Land Artist Robert Smithson’s Forgotten New York Pop Art Years

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Robert Smithson is often remembered for his pioneering contributions to the Land Art/Earthworks movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s (Spiral Jetty being, perhaps, his most famous creation). But the artist also exhibited works during the early Pop Art movement while immersed in the downtown New York art scene in 1962-64. This experimental period in Smithson’s life is the focus of the exhibit Pop, on view at the James Cohan gallery on the Lower East Side through January 10, 2016.
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The Most Ridiculous Teen Tragedy Songs

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The teen tragedy song genre was exactly what it sounds like: pop/rock music that focused on the bittersweet relationship between two young lovers. One of them winds up dead. There were multiple variations of the theme, which was a hit during the 1950s and ‘60s, and contemporary groups have parodied or performed their own versions since then. Today marks the anniversary of one of the most popular teen tragedy tracks, “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las.
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15 Famous Actors You Didn’t Realize Were in the ‘Batman’ TV Series

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Audiences today know Batman, the ‘60s-era television series, for its campy style and all-American innocence — preaching about eating your veggies and drinking your milk. But during its time, Batman was a major pop culture phenomenon where celebrities from the big and small screens clamored to make an appearance. Today marks the birthday of Batman himself, star Adam West, who had a talent for tongue-in-cheek comedy. Here are the stars who joined West on the series — Hollywood giants you probably didn’t realize played a part in making the television show an extraordinary success.
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The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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