POP! Art in a Changing Britain
24 February – 7 May 2018
Celebrating Pallant House Gallery’s significant collection of British Pop Art, this show explores how artists in the 1950s and 60s responded to rapid social change.
Addressing the rise of mass media, consumerism and the cult of celebrity, Pop Art saw a generation of British artists led by Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Patrick Caulfield take their cue from advertising, comics, science fiction and contemporary music. They embraced non-traditional materials such as screen-printing and commercial house paints, and used found objects and imagery from a wide range of cultural sources, to challenge conventional thinking about what art could be.
This exhibition draws on Pallant House’s notable collection of British Pop Art, from painting to sculpture via prints and archive material, and includes works such as Blake’s The Beatles, 1962 (1963-68) and one of the early examples of Pop printmaking, Eduardo Paolozzi’s As Is When (1965).