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'My Avant-Garde Education': Bernard Cooper's sketches of a life in art
'My Avant-Garde Education': Bernard Cooper's sketches of a life in art

Bernard Cooper discovered his passion for art in — of all places — the pages of Life magazine. He was sitting in the library of his Los Angeles middle school in the mid-1960s, studiously putting off research on a geography assignment by leafing through a copy of Life, when he stumbled on an article about Pop art titled "You Bought It, Now Live With It." The story showed images of Andy Warhol's unemotional Brillo boxes, a trio of ghostly white figures by sculptor George Segal and a Tom Wesselmann still life painting of a TV — that contained a real television at its heart. The discovery, he writes, was thrilling: "As I turned the pages and stared at...

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