I was really looking forward to Tate Modern's latest exhibition The World Goes Pop! which opened a few weeks ago. I had my first "up close and personal" experience with pop art on a GCSE Art trip to an exhibition at the Royal Academy (American Art in the 20th Century which apparently ran from 16 September 1993 to 12 December 1993 but I can't find anything about it on the RA website) and I hoped this exhibition would be similarly impressive, as well as showing a range of artists whose work I hadn't seen before. It didn't disappoint. The aim of this current exhibition is to share work which falls into the pop art genre but didn't originate from the US or UK (where the artists most of us are familiar with originate from). (See end of post for image credits.)
The exhibition is broken into themes - politics, pop art in the home, representations of the body, folk pop art, consumerism and more and opened my eye to a lot of new (to me) artists. I really liked the way the works were displayed - the whole exhibition was really colourful (as you'd probably expect) and the combination of works was as inspiring as they were individually.
The World Goes Pop! is at Tate Modern and runs until 24 January 2016.
Ushio Shinohara, Doll Festival 1966 Doll Festival 1966 Fluorescent paint, oil, plastic board on plywood Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Yamamura Collection) © Ushio and Noriko Shinohara
Evelyne Axell, Valentine 1966 Evelyne Axell Valentine 1966 Collection of Philippe Axell Photo: Paul Louis © Evelyne Axell/DACS 2015
Teresa Burga, Cubes 1968 Teresa Burga Cubes 1968 Private Collection Photo: Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm © Teresa Burga
Kiki Kogelnik, Bombs in Love 1962 Kiki Kogelnik Bombs in Love 1962 Kevin Ryan/Kiki Kogelnik Foundation Vienna/New York
Joan Rabascall, Atomic Kiss 1968 Joan Rabascall Atomic Kiss 1968 Acrylic on canvas 1620 x 970 mm MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council Fund Photo: Tony Coll © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015
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