Frieze Masters: Online Viewing Room
For our Frieze Masters 2020 online presentation we are delighted to present Signature Pieces, a ground-breaking group of graphic works by European and American artists working in the second half of the twentieth century. The selected artworks draw on classic imagery and motifs that have since become inextricably linked with each artist and their practice.
Highlights from Signature Pieces include early prints by Jasper Johns which focus on common objects and numbers. Ale cans and the digits one through nine, depicted in the prints below, became some of Johns most recognisable motifs, reappearing throughout his work in a variety of media over several decades. Jim Dine similarly works with motifs as vehicles for the exploration of line and colour. One of his most expressive motifs is tools, as seen in the hand-coloured lithographs below. This endless source of inspiration for Dine originates from a childhood spent playing with pieces of pipe, hammers and screwdrivers in his grandfather’s hardware store.
Also presented is an innovative series of complex screenprints by Dieter Roth. Six Piccadillies, 1969 – 70, his most famous image, was made using materials and processes never before used in the screenprint medium. His central image of Piccadilly Circus came from a postcard. Roth enlarged the image, printed it and then laminated onto both sides of a board using a variety of complex screenprinted surfaces which distorted and reinvented the original picture.
An early portfolio by Allen Jones, who is fascinated by performance and movement of the figure, blurs the distinction between what constitutes a fine art work, and mass produced objects. Jones’ contemporary Joe Tilson also applied borrowed elements from consumer culture to fine art. One of the founding figures of British Pop art in the early 1960’s, Tilson was also one of the first artists to freely incorporate photography, plastics, textiles, and collaged elements into his work, as seen in NY Decals 1 & 2, 1967. Roy Lichtenstein also focused on traditional and mass-media sources to make a series of classic interiors studies, including the pictured Bedroom, 1990, inspired by furniture ads Lichtenstein found in telephone books.
Two early screenprints by Bridget Riley, who is currently the subject of a major print retrospective at the gallery, features her distinctive black and white geometric patterns. These works from the 1960s mark the beginning of Riley exploring the fundamental nature of perception in her work.
The selection is completed with two 1960s prints by Richard Hamilton, whose interest in mass-production and contemporary mechanical processes manifested itself heavily within his art. Hamilton’s image of pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe will also feature in our forthcoming exhibition, Richard Hamilton: Towards a Definitive Statement which opens on 27 November 2020 and coincides with the publication of Michael Bracewell’s new monograph Modern World. The Art of Richard Hamilton.
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