Peter Blake and Pop Music
23 June – 7 October 2012
Pallant House celebrates Peter Blake's 80th year with this exhibition of the Pop Artist's album covers and key works inspired by music.
Images of musicians including Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Sammy Davis Junior will be displayed alongside album covers created for bands such as Oasis, The Who, Eric Clapton and the Beatles.
The exhibitiion will also feature Blake's Self Portrait with Badges; a (possible) tribute in denim to Gainsborough's Blue Boy, Blake casts himself as a fanboy in baseball boots, clutching an Elvis Presley magazine.Blake's group portrait of The Beatles was made early in the band's career, and Blake is quoted as saying to critic Mervyn Levy at the time: 'At the moment I'm working on a large conversation piece of the Liverpool song group, The Beatles. Each of these chaps is closely associated with the city and I hope the local fans will find in this picture a visual significance that will somehow match the mood of the music.'