August 2 – August 30, 2021
Sims Reed Gallery
Although Pop Art is often perceived to be a movement that began in America with artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, it was in fact a phenomenon that developed almost simultaneously in the USA and Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s.
We are pleased to present a new online exhibition in collaboration with Sims Reed Rare Books, exploring the parallels in artistic thought, subject and processes between American and British Pop artists.
In Britain, it had its roots in the Independent Group, which was part of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, in 1952-53. Leading artists involved included Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi. In 1956 the Independent Group hosted the exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in London – a ground-breaking exhibition which has become known as a pivotal exhibition during the British Pop Art movement. The works created by this group of artists were self-aware – and often critical – investigations into pop culture.