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Sixties Brit Pop is back with a new exhibit

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 01:40

Oct. 09 - ''When Britain Went Pop!'' - Christie's launch the exhibition of British Pop Art, including works that haven't been seen in public since the 1960's. Sharon Reich reports.

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The largest exhibition of British Pop Art ever opens at Christie's new gallery in London. "When Britain Went Pop!" highlights the influence British Pop Artists, like David Hockney and Richard Hamilton, had on the movement that emerged in the 1950s. Lock Anderson Kresler is the Head of Private Sales for Christie's. He points out that British Pop Art is still overshadowed by American examples selling for much higher prices. (SOUNDBITE ) Lock Anderson Kresler is the Head of Private Sales for Christie's, saying(English) : "With British Pop Art, it hasn't been quite as internationalised and I think that's one of the steps that we are trying to do here is really make an international voice for artists like Peter Blake, Gerald Laing and in many cases, artists that aren't as known such as Derek Boshier or Peter Phillips. I think this is a great platform to be able to sort of try and internationalise those names." The movement broke fine art traditions with its depictions of advertising, comic books and mundane objects. Some of the iconic images on display include Allen Jones' vision of a London bus and Richard Hamilton's "Swingeing London 67," which features Mick Jagger after an appearance in court for drug charges. Several pieces in the show have sexual themes, and Kresler says that they certainly evoked reactions in the 1960s. (SOUNDBITE ) Lock Anderson Kresler is the Head of Private Sales for Christie's, saying(English) : "It must have been an absolute shock to everyone that came in and I think that he was really pushing those boundaries on "What is art?." You know many people found them extremely pornographic but you know he has made that into a significant piece of art," he said. There are 140 works on display in Mayfair, many on loan from private collectors. The exhibition runs until November 23.

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Sixties Brit Pop is back with a new exhibit

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 01:40

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