Drawing on the gallery’s extensive collection of Pop Art and artist collections, Pop Protest compares two periods in our recent history: 1965-1975 and 2000-2010, exploring what made these years so fragile and turbulent for us.
In both periods Pop artists have acted as social commentators, demonstrating the impact of war and politics on society- whether it be in 1970s Vietnam or modern day Iraq. The exhibition includes Gerald Laing’s War Paintings, Derek Boshier’s Pantomime War works, and Jann Haworth’s Hollow Men piece from the noughties, while artworks by Richard Hamilton, Colin Self, Joe Tilson, and James Rosenquist cast a critical lens on the sixties and seventies.
Objects and ephemera highlight the political events that inspired the artists and which shaped the social anxiety that defines each of the periods.
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