Peter Blake


ISBN: 9781854377173
Artist(s): Peter Blake
Author(s): Edited by Christoph Grunenberg and Laurence Sillars
Format: paperback
Edition: -
Year published: 2007
Publisher: Tate Gallery Publications
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 96 pages
Illustrations: illustrated in b/w and colour

Artist(s) Biographies:

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In 2007, Tate Liverpool will present the first major retrospective of the work of Peter Blake in Britain since 1983. A key figure in the history of British Pop Art, Blake is one of the most influential and original artists working in Britain today. Central to Blake’s work since the 1950s has been his fascination with popular culture, ranging from music to Hollywood icons and wrestling stars. Perhaps his most famous engagement with Pop came with his design for the cover of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. With this and other works he helped create a specifically British pop aesthetic that defined an era. A prolific artist, he has utilised a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and printmaking; this study focuses principally on his two-dimensional works and provides the first thorough survey of his paintings from the 1950s through to the present. It will include major icons of twentieth-century art, such as Self-Portrait with badges (1961), and Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney (1981-3), but will also feature many lesser-known works including his recent, major work The Marcel Duchamp World Series. This volume will establish beyond doubt Blake’s claim as one of the foremost British artists of the twentieth century, explaining why he is frequently cited as a key influence by contemporary artists today.


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