Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age

21 Jun 2008 – 12 Oct 2008

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10:00 – 16:00
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10:00 – 16:00
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Pallant House Gallery

Chichester, United Kingdom


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Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age


A leading figure in the 1960s British Pop Art movement, Colin Self (b.1941) is best known for his explorations of life during the Cold War period. While his work has depicted many aspects of modern consumer culture including glamorous Sixties models, hot dogs and stylish Art Deco cinemas, it has also addressed the darker side of the epoch: ferocious guard dogs on missile bases, women in fallout shelters and the threat of nuclear weapons. His meticulously rendered drawings and watercolours led the artist Richard Hamilton to call Self ‘the best draughtsman in England since William Blake', but he is also an innovative printmaker, sculptor, painter and collagist, who continues to combine wit, originality and visual intelligence in his work. This major survey, curated by Simon Martin, offers the most comprehensive overview of Colin Self's work to date, and brings together over one hundred works in a range of media from the 1960s to the present day. Colin Self is arguably the artist of the nuclear age whose work brilliantly articulates the anxieties of the era.


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