Published by Christie’s Mayfair, London: 9 October – 24 November 2013. Christie’s, in association with Waddington Custot Galleries, staged When Britain Went Pop!, an exhibition exploring the early revolutionary years of the British Pop Art movement, which launched Christie’s new gallery space in Mayfair, the former site of Haunch of Venison gallery which closed earlier that year.
It was the first comprehensive exhibition of British Pop Art to be held in London. When Britain Went Pop! aimed to show how Pop Art began in Britain and how British artists like Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield irrevocably shifted the boundaries between popular culture and fine art, leaving a legacy both in Britain and abroad.
A key feature of the exhibition was a collaboration with the artists of the British Pop Art movement and their families, and private collectors who loaned works of British Pop Art from their personal collections. These included Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London, Peter Blake’s Everly Wall, Gerald Laing’s Lincoln Convertible, Colin Self’s Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber No. 1, Allen Jones’ First Step. Other artists exhibited in the show included Clive Barker, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Antony Donaldson, Jann Haworth, David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Gerald Laing, Nicholas Monro, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Phillips, Richard Smith and Joe Tilson. Many of these works had not been exhibited publicly since the 1960s.
A fabulous book, well researched, including interviews with the artists and a copious amount of colour photographs.
This was a complimentary copy from Christies to the biographer of a famous (now sadly dead) artist who exhibited in this show.
364 pages 28cm x 28cm x 3cm.
A perfect reference book on early British art.