All hail pop-art!

The Barbican Art Gallery opens a thorough exhibition that studies Pop Art and how it shaped the world.

Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in the postwar period. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Pop was characterized by an intense dialogue between the fields of design and art. Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the origins, motives and methods of this exchange. Pop Art shaped a new sense of cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and the expanding industries of advertising, television, radio and print media.

Pop Art Design brings together around 200 works, by over 70 artists and designers, including iconic and lesser known works by such artists as Peter Blake, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Elaine Sturtevant, Joe Tilson and Andy Warhol and shown alongside objects by Achille Castiglioni, Charles and Ray Eames, Allen Jones, George Nelson, Gaetano Pesce and Ettore Sottsass among many other important protagonists of this period. The exhibition 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 on to the art scene, Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop Art – one that finally recognises the central role played by design.

The exhibition opens at Barbican Art Gallery and will be open until 9 February 2014.

All photos: © Gar Powell-Evans 2013. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.