The World Goes Pop

CIP, Visits, Visual Research and Inspiration

On Friday I went to The World Goes Pop exhibition at the Tate Modern. The exhibition explores pop art on a global scale. Focusing on artists of the 1960’s and 70’s and showing how different countries and cultures responded to the pop art movement. The technicolour exhibition explores many different themes such as protest, war, the body, sexuality, the
domestic revolution, consumerism and East/West divide.

One of the first pieces to catch my eye was the brilliantly bold ‘Doll Festival'(1966) by Ushio Shinohara which uses industrial materials such perspex. This use of found or unlikely materials really interests me and is something I want to explore in my Local Universe Editions Brief.

Another part of the exhibition that really interested me featured the Russian artists Komar and Melamid. Their work explored an apocalyptic future where famous American pop art has been partially destroyed. perhaps reflecting the Cold War tensions of the time. The artists reinterpret the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana in a new and exciting way, with parts of the pieces burned or cut away and the piece reassembled like a jigsaw.

The exhibition proves that Pop Art is a truly global phenomenon with artists featured from around the globe. It is  a bold, neon assault of the senses and touches on a range of themes and subjects that are still just as relevant in out society today. Read more about the exhibition here.

And to finish a great exhibition it was lovely to walk out of the Tate and right into the South Bank Christmas markets! Nothing makes me feel more festive that roasted chestnuts and mulled wine!




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