In the 1950s and 1960s, a generation of artists led by Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake responded to a radical cultural shift in Britain, addressing the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity, questions of identity and prevalent political issues – all concerns still relevant today.
They adopted imagery from a wide range of cultural sources including advertising, comics, science fiction and contemporary music; they embraced non-traditional techniques such as screen printing and unconventional materials such as commercial house paints and ‘found objects’. They challenged thinking about art and mass media, democratising art in the post-war period by questioning the traditional division between high and low art.
Now you can see their impact through a major spring exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, running until 7 May 2018. If you didn't already know, the Gallery holds one of the largest public collections of British Pop Art internationally, formed by the architects Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long and gifted to Pallant House Gallery in 2006. The exhibition celebrates this extensive body of paintings, sculpture and prints created in the two decades that followed the Second World War.
Explored through a series of themes, POP! Art in a Changing Britain demonstrates the breadth of British Pop Art and the complexity of its definition, presenting ‘Pop’ as an attitude with a lasting legacy. Discover more about the exhibition at pallant.org.uk.