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Jeffrey Kastner talks with curators Jack Bankowsky and Alison M. Gingeras about “Pop Life”

“MAKING MONEY IS ART and working is art and good business is the best art,” Andy Warhol famously wrote. Whether you read this as a revelatory bit of canny pragmatism or as a craven capitulation to the effects of capital on culture should indicate your response to “Pop Life: Art in a Material World,” a major exhibition curated by Jack Bankowsky, Alison M. Gingeras, and Catherine Wood that opens in October at Tate Modern in London. Designed to wade directly into debates about what Benjamin H. D. Buchloh once called an “aesthetic of ruthless affirmation,” “Pop Life” will, say its curators, make the case that to cross the line between commerce and culture is nothing less than to “engage with modern life on its own terms.”

Bankowsky, former editor of Artforum, and Gingeras, chief curator of the François Pinault Collection in Venice, joined forces for the show with Wood, the Tate’s curator of

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