14 July to 7 October 2017
This summer exhibition celebrates British Pop Art from the early 1960s, including work by Sir Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Allen Jones borrowed from major collections such as Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Government Art Collection.
The exhibition focuses on the period around 1962, a pivotal year for Pop Art in Britain, presenting works by leading artists in British Pop Art who have made a significant contribution to the development of twentieth century and contemporary art practice. The show presents loans from the Tate collection by Allen Jones and David Hockney. Significant loans are also borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council Collection, and the Royal College of Art – a crucible for Pop painting during this time, as many of the artists in the exhibition met whilst studying there. Another RCA graduate included in the show is Pauline Boty, a largely forgotten artist, represented by her painting Colour Her Gone. This portrait of Marilyn Monroe is shown alongside other important works from public and private collections.
For many people, Pop Art means Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, this bold, witty and thought-provoking show proves that painting in Britain in the 1960s could be just as inspirational and iconic as that of the Americans.
Accompanying the exhibition will be an events programme. This includes a series of talks, live music and family friendly activities to involve everyone in the electrifying world of Pop. The gallery has also developed a 1960s style living room as part of the exhibition for visitors to immerse themselves in the swinging sixties.
- Open Mon-Sat 10.30am -4/5pm; open on Sundays from 22 July until 16 September
- Admission: Adult £7 (without donation £6.35); Joint Gallery & Museum £9 (without donation £8.60); Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE; Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE; National Art Pass 50% Discount
- Location: Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL
- For more information please call 015394 722464