Pop Art Design

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Pop Art Design

Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
United Kingdom
October 22nd, 2013 - February 9th, 2014

city, barbican
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11-8; Wed: 11-6; Thu: 11-10
film, photography


Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signaled a radical change of direction in the postwar period.  It shaped a new cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production, and the expanding industries of advertising, television, radio and print media.

From the mid 1950s to early 1970s, Pop was characterised by an exciting exchange of ideas between the fields of design and art. Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the nature of this exchange. Bringing together more than 150 works (by over 70 artists and designers) the exhibition includes iconic and lesser known works by such artists as Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Joe Tilson and Judy Chicago, shown alongside objects by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni, Gaetano Pesce and Ettore Sottsass, among many others from this fascinating period.

Pop Art Design also presents a wealth of graphic material from posters and magazines to album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of Pop interiors and architecture. Fifty years after it exploded onto the art scene, Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop Art – one that recognises the central role played by design.