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POPISMS

Spiritual America

“Popisms,” the second section in this month’s special issue, examines ten defining moments in the history of Pop since the '60s, revisiting key interactions between art and mass culture and looking closely look at how they were written into Pop history. Here, David Deitcher remembers the late lamented Lower East Side gallery Spiritual America, while Graham Bader, Howard Singerman and Kitty Hauser recall three shows—“High & Low,” “Helter Skelter,” and “Superflat,” respectively—that have shaped the story of Pop after Pop.

Announcement for “POP,” an exhibition curated by Richard Prince at Spiritual America, New York, 1984.


For twenty years I kept a rather plain postcard tucked away in a folder of art-related ephemera from the early ’80s. From edge to edge on its otherwise black face, white capital letters spell out a single word: “POP.” On the flip side, the card provides the basics about a now all-but-forgotten exhibition: works by Sarah Charlesworth, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman,

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