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Pop Art Design exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery

From Tuesday 22nd October, the Barbican Art Gallery will open with one of the first comprehensive exhibitions to explore the origins, motives and methods of Pop Art Design. Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in the postwar period. The movement 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.

George Nelson Associates, Inc. (Irving Harper) Marshmallow, sofa, 1956 Herman Miller Furniture Company Collection Vitra Design Museum.

Pop Art Design brings together nearly 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, including iconic pieces by the likes of Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition also features objects from Charles and Ray Eames, Allen Jones and Ettore Sottsass, interspersed with posters, magazines, album sleeves and film clips.

Tom Wesselmann Smoker Banner, 1971 Private Collection, Siegen © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/DACS, London/VAGA, NY, 2013

Speaking of the exhibition, the gallery's Senior Curator Jane Alison says: "featuring key Pop artists and groundbreaking designers, it's a must see for anyone fascinated by this iconic period and its enduring legacy". Pop Art Design will run from Tuesday 22nd October 2013 - Sunday 9th February 2014.

For more information, please visit: www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery

Ian Dury - 'More Than Fair' Exhibition at the RCA

Earlier this week, we took a visit to new exhibition More Than Fair at London's RCA, featuring the work of the late British artist and musician Ian Dury. A student of Pop Art icon Sir Peter Blake, Ian studied at Walthamstow School of Art before joining the prestigious Royal College in 1963. The exhibition has been curated by Ian’s daughter Jemima Dury, former confederate Kosmo Vinyl and the one time Stiff Records art director, Jules Balme.

Ian Dury - 'More Than Fair' Exhibition at the RCA

Featuring a selection of artwork from 1961 to 1972, the colourful exhibition showcases Ian's immersion in pop culture, referencing celebrities, singers and showgirls. The artist developed a friendship with tutor Peter Blake, who was so confident in his student's work that he would pass over projects from time to time. More Than Fair was made possible thanks to donations from the RCA, Ian's former band The Blockheads, the general public and many more. The exhibition will run until 1st September 2013.

 www.rca.ac.uk

Peter Blake - Four Decades

The Chelsea Futurespace Gallery presents Four Decades, an exhibition of prints by iconic British artist and former Fred Perry collaborator Sir Peter Blake. Known as one of the figureheads of the British Pop Art movement, Blake’s work takes influence from the realms of pop culture, literature, music and contemporary art.

The Very Best Schwitters

Homage to Schwitters by Peter Blake. Courtesy of CCA Galleries

I Love You

I Love You (Portrait of Chuck Berry) by Peter Blake, courtesy of Paul Stolper Gallery.

Included in the exhibition are Blake’s series of Appropriated Alphabets, Alice in Wonderland, and The Butterfly Man, as well as portraits of musicians Chuck Berry, Ian Dury and The Clash. Covering forty years of the artist’s work, the exhibition explores the diversity and dexterity that allows it to transcend the divisions between fine art and pop culture.

Four Decades will run at Chelsea Futurespace until 28th July, 2013.

www.chelseafuturespace.org