Snap, Crackle and Pop: British Pop Art includes iconic works by leading artists - Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Clive Barker, Peter Phillips and Joe Tilson – along with key objects from film, fashion, music and advertising – including Diana Crawshaw’s `Baseball Suit’ for Mr Freedom, fashion from iconic brands Mary Quant and Biba, futuristic sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith and plasticised electronics by Panasonic and JVC.
From 1950s Mechanics magazines and Picture Post chatter about Hollywood’s stars, the exhibition delves into a world of 1950s modernity, visions of optimism and the lure of the American Dream, to the 1960s and early 1970s when Pop exploded, cutting through Britain’s High Street . Barely a dress, a television or a Corn Flakes packet escaped a make-over. The products that had once inspired Pop now had a turn at being influenced by it, and the new teenage audience couldn’t get enough.
Snap, Crackle and Pop: British Pop Art is curated by Michael Regan (The Lightbox), Katherine Higgins, writer and specialist on BBC Antiques Roadshow, and Richard Alford, MD of M&C Saatchi. By unwrapping the Post-War world that surrounded our young British artists, Katherine Higgins will take a close-up look at the often humble, hugely ephemeral and everyday objects that inspired them.
The exhibition will examine how the Pop Art movement in Britain drew inspiration from 1960s consumerism and how it then went on to exert a wider cultural influence. Key themes explored within the artworks on display include: