Pop Art Design

Barbican Art Gallery

22 Oct 2013 – 9 Feb 2014

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In celebration of Pop art, this exhibition features 150 works made by artists and designers inspired by the radical post-war art movement.

Pop art was everything Britain wasn’t in the 1950s; brash, bold, brilliant, and as far removed from the post-war ration book as it was possible to be. Artists like Peter Blake and Derek Boshier embraced the mass advertising coming from America, painting vibrant pictures in which cereal packets and Coca-cola jostled for a place in the consumer jamboree.

Design was also getting in on the act, with the American husband-and-wife duo Charles and Ray Eames embracing the mass-produced objects spilling off the factory line.

This is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the radical exchange between artists and designers of this era, and how posters, album covers, furniture and fashion became Pop all over.

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Witty and playful, Studio 65 have never shirked from bad taste or a ludicrous idea, and as a result have created some of the most innovative designs in recent history.

From a luscious red lip sofa to a green apple chair, their designs personify Pop art. The Leonardo was a swirling  sofa that reflected Europe’s love affair with all things American, and in particular, that most iconic of images, the Star Spangled banner. However, the act of sitting on it suggests there was a touch of irony in the designers' homage. 

Venue information

Opening times

Art Gallery
Daily, 11am – 8pm (Thu & Fri until 9pm)

The Curve
Daily, 10am – 6pm (Thu & Fri until 9pm)

Closed 24-28 Dec and 1 Jan

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