The World Goes Pop
17 September 2015 – 24 January 2016
Celebrating the international context of Pop Art – from Latin America to the Middle East.
The Pop Art movement is generally considered in an Anglo-American context, synonymous with Andy Warhol's soup cans and Roy Lichtenstein's comic book canvases. Tate seeks to explode and rebuild this traditional story by presenting 160 works from across the world, demonstrating the complex cultures across Asia, Latin American and the Middle East that used Pop Art as a form of political protest and commercial subversion.
These alternative narratives present key figures who have been left out of mainstream art history, many of whom were women. Take Brazilian artist Anna María Maiolino, whose unsettling sculpture Glu, Glu, Glu depicts a human digestive system presented in bright primary colours; or Slovakian Jana Zelibská's paintings of cut up body parts.
Another myth is dispelled in the work of artists such as Erró and Claudio Tozzi, who moved away from the idea that Pop Art's primary focus is on the individual consumer or manufactured object. Instead, they were fascinated by the energy and power of crowds, engaging in different readings surrounding capitalist culture.
Ushio Shinohara’s ‘popped’ versions of 19th century Japanese prints such as Doll Festival present a fusion between folk traditions and contemporary imagery.