Pop Art Design at Barbican Centre

Jan 25,2014

Pop Art is characterised by cans of soup, vivid prints of Marilyn Monroe and war-themed comic strips. Somewhat unsurprisingly, given its name, Pop Art is probably the most popular art movement. So fifty years after the movement exploded onto the scene, Pop Art Design at the Barbican Centre, London explores the exciting exchange of ideas between artists and designers during a time of considerable change - after all, we're talking post-World War Two here.

(Image from the Guardian.co.uk - Richard Hamilton's 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing)

The Pop Art movement is often credited with shaping a new cultural identity, one which focused on celebrity stardom, mass production and the proliferation of media. Departing from all that had been considered zeitgeist before, artists turned to advertising, television and commerce to accentuate their ideas and to create playful works which challenged the norm.

Bringing together more than 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, the exhibition includes iconic works by artists such as Andy Warhol (of course), Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg as well as pieces by lesser known pop artists.

Pop Art Design also presents a wealth of graphic material from posters and magazines to famous album sleeves, as well as films, photography and interior design.

Hosted at the multi-purpose Barbican Centre, Pop Art Design is open for public viewing until Sunday 9th February 2014. Entry costs £12 for adults, £10 concessions.

The nearest tube stations to the Barbican Centre are Barbican and Farringdon.

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