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Pop! Art in a Changing Britain | Pallant House Gallery

 

Lyndsey Ingram is proudly sponsoring Pallant House Gallery’s current exhibition: Pop! Art in a Changing Britain. Drawn from the Gallery’s significant collection of British Pop Art, this exhibition explores how artists in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s responded to rapid social change, as Pop Art emerged as a means of addressing the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity, questions of identity and prevalent political concerns, issues that still resonate today. 

A vivid exploration of how artists in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s responded to rapid social change, as Pop Art emerged as a means of addressing the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity, questions of identity and prevalent political concerns, issues that still resonate today.

A generation of artists led by Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Patrick Caulfield radically challenged thinking about art and mass media, democratising art by questioning the traditional division between high and low art. They took their cue from advertising, comics, science fiction and contemporary music, embracing non-traditional materials and techniques.

Included in the show is Gerald Laing’s Baby Baby Wild Things portfolio. “The sources were magazine photographs; not hardcore or even girlie mags, but “happy days” images. The references are as much to the smooth fibreglass shells of a Formula One car as they are to human bodies: the bands of colour on the swimsuits are kin to the racing stripes on a Lotus.” (Gerald Laing). This portfolio will also be exhibited in our special exhibition at the Armory Show this March entitled Wild Things: British Pop Art from the 1960s and 1970s.

Read more about the exhibition here