london: pop art design

© barbican / photography: gar powell-evans

the pop art design exhibition that's currently on at the barbican art gallery is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exciting exchange of ideas between artists and designers in the pop age. pop artists commented on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and the proliferation of media that permeated everyday life in the u.s. and the u.k. after world war II. radically departing from all that had gone before, artists delighted in adopting the design language of advertising, television and commerce to create work that was playful but often also intentionally irreverent and provocative. in turn, designers routinely looked to pop art as a constant source of inspiration. the exhibition paints a new picture of the art movement, one that recognises the central role played by design. on display are more than 200 works by over 70 artists and designers are presented, including both iconic and lesser known works by such artists as roy lichtenstein, peter blake, claes oldenburg, andy warhol and ettore sotsass. the exhibition also features graphic material from posters and magazines to album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of pop interiors and architecture [on through feb 9]. location: barbican centre, silk street [city].

© barbican / photography: gar powell-evans