Pop Art @ Barbican

The first art that I ever engaged with as a child was Pop Art. I loved the cartoon colours, the vibrant energy and the overall aesthetic of it. If it weren’t for Pop Art I may never have widened my horizons into other kinds of art at all. The current Pop Art Design exhibition at Barbican would have had the ten year old inside of me jumping for joy, however the adult side of my brain reminded myself to remain cool and collected as I explored the show.

It would be impossible for anyone to go into detail of the whole show as their is simply so much on offer. The Barbican boasts such names as Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol among an impressive list of artists adorning its walls. There are 200 works covering two floors in a set designed by AOC Architecture and Village Green Studio. Included are film, collage, design pieces and more.

We see how post-war art is influenced by consumerism, eroticism and new technology. The show is mainly dominated by British and American artists whose works converse with each other in a dialogue across the gallery. The artists zone in on celebrity, television, fashion and magazines. No aspect of life is left untouched.

This exhibition is fantastic and my only regret is that I didn’t visit sooner.

Pop Art Design is on display at Barbican Art Gallery until 9 February

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, ReOrient and Suitcase Magazine. Lizzy is also curator of Arab Women Artists Now - AWAN 2018 (London).

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