Warhol and the World of Pop Art
25 July – 1 November 2015
The Lightbox pays tribute to the 'Pope of Pop', whose work is shown alongside other important artists from the movement – such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Jasper Johns.
Pop art first emerged in the 1950s as a response to the boom in advertising, mass production, pop music and Hollywood movies that followed the Second World War. Young artists began to incorporate commercial imagery into their work in order to reflect on the changing world around them. Learn about the history of Pop art with our interactive timeline.
This exhibition explores the spread of the movement across America and Europe, not just as a form of fine art but also as packaging, fashion and furniture. Prints and applied pieces by many of Pop's most significant artists are joined by a specially installed runway featuring designs such as Harry Gordon's disposable paper dresses, and a selection of comic books, advertising boards and music posters.
Many of Warhol's most iconic works feature, including his multi-coloured screen print portraits of Marilyn Monroe, the Campbell’s Soup Can paper tote bag and the LP record sleeve for the Velvet Underground featuring the Pop art banana motif.