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PRINT March 1966

Joe Goode and the Common Object

ONE OF THE EARLY NAMES offered for the movement which was finally called Pop Art was “The New Paintings of Common Objects.” This was the title of an exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962, which included work by Joe Goode among works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Dine, Edward Ruscha, and others. The careful wording of the title suggests that even then the exhibition’s organizer (Walter Hopps) suspected that while the group held together well enough as a presentation of the new imagery that had been emerging since the very late fifties, careful examination, sooner or later, would distinguish differences which would strain any but the most loosely unifying of titles. All of the Pop artists might make “new paintings of common objects,” but not all of the new painters of common objects could easily be classified as Pop artists. The work of artists like Joe Goode, for example,

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