Irving Blum, Roberta Bernstein, Robert DeanKirk Varnedoe, Los Angeles, 2009.
Hardcover, 148 pp., 93 color and 67 bw illustrations, 11.5 x 10 x 1 inches.
Under the seminal direction of Irving Blum, Ferus Gallery quickly became one of the leading galleries on the West Coast, showing important and groundbreaking works—including Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, Roy Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl, and Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles County Museum on Fire—and helping to launch the American Pop movement. The book was first published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition of the same name at Gagosian’s Chelsea gallery. A timeline documenting the Ferus gallery’s history opens the fully illustrated catalogue, followed by an interview with Irving Blum by Roberta Bernstein and a critical discussion of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can paintings by Kirk Varnedoe. This hardcover edition includes evocative documentary photography by Dennis Hopper.