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Cheltenham Pop Art in Print exhibition draws on V&A iconic collection
25th March and 4th June 2017
The Cheltenham Trust is pleased to launch the hotly anticipated exhibition ‘Pop Art in Print’, organised by the V&A. Drawing from its outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics, this is the first exhibition in the V&A’s national tour, showing at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum between the
This exhibition builds on The Cheltenham Trust’s ambition to show excellent art in the region and brings together more than 70 iconic works, including pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Gavin Turk, giving a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, Pop Art generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking. The show’s focus on the medium brings a fresh perspective on this international movement.
The works of more than 30 British and American artists are featured in the exhibition including Allen Jones, Robert Indiana, Patrick Caulfield and Richard Hamilton. Prints, printed fabric, posters and wallpaper are all explored.
Julie Finch, Chief Executive of The Cheltenham Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to continue to bring international collections to The Wilson for both residents and visitors to Cheltenham to enjoy. We’re also very grateful to our supporters The Fresh Art Fair, Farrow & Ball and SoGlos who have been key in helping us launch this exhibition. We expect it to be a very popular and we would urge people to come and experience the story of the Pop Art movement in person.”
Visitors to The Wilson can also enjoy a host of accompanying talks, tours and fun creative, craft events for adults, families and young children. These include a six week course in printmaking, a curator’s talk and drop-in printing sessions for all the family.
Displayed over two floors in The Wilson’s award-winning galleries this is a must see for regional and national audiences. Linking in with the Pop Art in Print exhibition, The Wilson will be showing a multi-coloured and abstract patterned paper dress from the permanent collections in the local history gallery. Paper dresses were disposable items born out of a growing consumer culture, and the appetite for ‘fast fashion’. Pop Art, which frequently referred to consumer culture, was often a source of inspiration for the patterns printed.
To book tickets visit www.popartinprint.com or call 012142 77 5724.
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