POP! Icons of the 20th Century

3 August - 3 September 2023

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Whenever we consider Pop Art, the names Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana usually spring to mind immediately. Indeed, these three extremely successful American artists brought glamour and popular culture to an early 1960s New York art world tired of Abstract Expressionism’s highbrow exclusivity. But although Pop Art shot to fame and became wildly and successfully fashionable in America, the movement didn’t originate there; it was first developed in post-war Britain, where a small number of artists began to consider the possibilities of using bright pop-cultural references in fine art. Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton were arguably the pioneers of one of the most famous international art movements of the 20th century.

This exhibition celebrates some of the pioneers of Pop Art as well as the iconic turning points in the movement’s development, from Paolozzi’s ambitious ‘Moonstrips Empire News’ portfolio, to Warhol’s multiple printed versions of Marilyn Monroe, and Robert Indiana’s iconic ‘LOVE’ screenprint poems. We have also enjoyed adding additional works to this show by some of our favourite recent and contemporary printmakers such as Keith Haring, Harvey Daniels, Sophie Layton and Shepard Fairey amongst others who also incorporate pop culture into their work and continue in the tradition of this iconic movement.