It’s an exciting week with Peter Blake and Pop Music opening at The Lowry on Saturday. An exhibition originally curated by Simon Martin at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, and it comes to us with exactly the same content – and a few new large scale graphics relating to Blake’s work and subjects that I hope people will love and feel nostalgic about!
Peter Blake is undoubtedly the Godfather of Pop Art, who came to prominance in the 50s and 60s in the UK just before artists like Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol started to take the USA by storm in the same genre. Abstract Expressionism and more tradtional techniques were on their way out, and the appropriation of popular culture and recognisable imagery was on its way in. It’s hard to imagine now how forward thinking these artists were in their hey day, as we’ve become so used to their work and the work of many other artists who followed in their footsteps; but they were truly revolutionary and no more so than Blake – now in his 80th year and as prolific as ever.
Amongst his most famous works (works we’ll be showing at The Lowry from this weekend) are Self Portrait With Badges, 1961 from Tate’s collection, Got a Girl, 1960-61 from The Whitworth Art Gallery, The 1962 Beatles from Pallant House Collection, many of Blake’s more recent ‘Diamond Prints’ and a plethora of other iconic paintings and album cover designs, including the legendary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.
And as if this wasn’t enough, we will have a working jukebox so visitors can choose their own soundtrack to the exhibition – what more could you ask.
Peter Blake and Pop Music, at The Lowry from Sat 10 November 2012 – Sun 24 February 2013.
Post by: Kate Farrell, Special Exhibitions Curator