16 October - 23 November 2002

British Pop Art

    British Pop Art at Alan Cristea Gallery will bring together seven of the most important British artists from a period in art history with which everyone is familiar. Over forty images of classic 'Pop' will be hung, and will include works by Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Allen Jones, Colin Self and Joe Tilson.

    Pop art dominated the 1960s with artists both in the UK and in America embracing advances in technology and communications, the mass media and sexual liberation, to create imagery quite removed from anything that had come before it. Their subject matter drew upon wide-ranging source material; photography, advertising, magazines, television and film. In essence it drew upon the popular culture which absorbed each of them. This rich source material was appropriated by a group of artists, whose work collectively mirrored the exuberant confidence of the period.

    The exhibition will also include a new work by Richard Hamilton entitled Tit. The title and the imagery relate to the seminal This is Tomorrow exhibition held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1956. It was this exhibition which heralded the beginning of the British 'pop' movement and this new work is Hamilton's only related original print.

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