The Barbican Art Gallery, London
is the venue for the exhibition
Pop Art Design.
The show is a wonderfully comprehensive examination
of this post war art movement (1950s – 1970s)
which explored and commented on a range
of contemporaneous societal transitions such as:
functionality of product
the introduction of branding
production of new types of materials
The varied media used produced an array of objects –
each interpretive of elements
shaping a new world.
Creatives of the pop art era were
innovators, which is not surprising for they
took inspiration from the then accelerated
societal, cultural and technical innovations.
There was an energy which was plugged into –
generating art from the everyday and ordinary
to the novel and untried.
Iconic works of the period’s noted artists/designers
are in the exhibition.
The pieces are presented in a viewing area which
lends perfectly to their showcasing.
The modern yet inviting space is bi-level
and of square configuration
with ease of flow and move-ability.
(images from theguardian.com):
A multimedia guide app to the exhibition is also available and
is download-able free onto the iPhone and other devices.
This is a fantastic exhibition featuring
art as social commentary
(image from the guardian.com):
Bocca sofa, 1970 by Studio 65
(image from nouse.co.uk):
Brillo Box, 1964 by Andy Warhol
(image from ifitshipsitshere.blogspot.co.uk):
Bob Dylan Paper/Poster Dress, 1967 by Henry Gordon
(image from daysoutguide.co.uk):
La Mamma/Donna, 1969 by Gaetano Pesce
(image from national galleries.org):
In the Car, 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein
(image from midmod-design.com):
Sella Chair, 1957
by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Pop Art Design
until 9 February 2014
Barbican Art Gallery, London