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Derek Boshier

Rethink / Re-entry

Paul Gorman

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The long-awaited definitive monograph on one of the key proponents of Pop Art

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Taking as his subject icons of consumerism and American popular culture, Derek Boshier made his name in the 1960s as one of the key proponents of British Pop Art, along with contemporaries David Hockney, Peter Blake and Pauline Boty. Since then, his output has been exceptionally diverse, including collage, book design, set design and illustration, as well as photography, film and sculpture.

Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry traces Boshier’s formidable career. Beginning with his rise to prominence in the early 1960s, it follows his abandonment of painting in the 1970s and his experimentation with new modes of expression, such as collage and illustration, as exemplified by his iconic sleeve design for David Bowie’s album Lodger and his drawings for CLASH 2nd Songbook

The chapters on the 1980s detail Boshier’s return to painting, in particular his adoption of the Texan cowboy as the subject for his ‘Cowboy’ series. The 1990s saw him relocate to Los Angeles, where he encountered a culture and iconography that provided rich source material for his later works.

Featuring essays by leading academics, curators, critics and practitioners – each of which is introduced by a new Boshier artwork – this is the definitive monograph of this most distinctive of great British artists.

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'Derek Boshier is a stalwart of 1960s art for whom recognition is overdue'
Sunday Times

'The definitive guide to Boshier’s engrossing œuvre'

'Substantial and beautifully produced'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.5 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500093887

Contents List

Preface by David Hockney • 1. Over View by John A. Walker • 2. Painting and Pop Art by Chris Stephens • 3. Pop Goes the Easel: Derek Boshier in 1962 by Lisa Tickner • 4. Alteration, Permutation, Transformation by Guy Brett • 5. Think Big Band, Think Punk by Paul Gormon 6. Derek Boshier: Texas Years 1980–1993 by David E. Brauer and Jim Edwards • 7. News from the Metropolis: Derek Boshier in Los Angeles by Christopher Finch

About the Author

Paul Gorman is a journalist, author and commentator on visual culture. He has written a number of books including The Look: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion, Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles and Derek Boshier: Rethink / Re-entry. He has staged a number of exhibitions in the UK and France, and is currently a writer at large for GQ.

List of Contributors

David Hockney, John A. Walker, Chris Stephens, Lisa Tickner, Guy Brett, Paul Gorman, David E. Brauer, Jim Edwards, Christopher Finch