Vibrant, sexy, cool, and very much of the moment, Pop Art emerged in the USA and the UK in the early 1960s. Inspired by movies, pop music, TV, advertising, magazines and comics, postcards and packaging.

Pop reflected a fascination with celebrities and brands which has continued to the present day. At the same time, by addressing key political issues of the time, Pop Art also offered a suitable critique of consumerism and the American dream.

 
Prints are central to the story of Pop; all of the great Pop artists made prints, often working with the new print studios which were adapting commercial print processes - screen-printing and lithography - to fine art purposes. Indeed some of the most iconic works of Pop Art are prints.

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Pop Art in Print' exhibition, presented by Chester Visual Arts and curated by the V & A, brought together, for the first time, an international collection of Pop graphics featuring artists Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. 

It also explored Pop in other media, including printed textiles from the period, wallpapers inspired by Pop’s strong graphic character and comic book styling, artists’ books and posters. The exhibition concluded by taking a look at the legacy of Pop in the work of more recent artists and designers.

Palladio 9: Apollo by John Wilkinson

Designed by John Wilkinson and produced by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd.
1971
Screenprint
E.194-1977
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Length: 505 mm, Width: 498 mm, Depth: 53 mm

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Swamp Rat IV: Dragsters by G. Laing

Gerald Laing
Swamp Rat IV. 1968
Screenprint
Circ. 668-1968
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 58.5 cm, Width: 89 cm
Credit: Garald Laing Estate

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TURBOsonic by Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips
TURBOsonic, 1968
Screenprint
E.102-1969
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 62 cm, Width: 96.5 cm
Credit and copyright - Peter Phillips

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Love Festival by Michael English

Poster from the U.F.O Club, London
Designed by Michael English and published by Osiris Visions Ltd, London, 1967
Screenprint
E.38-1968
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 101.6 cm
Credit and copyright:  The Estate of Michael English

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Sandra; Baby Wild Things by G. Laing

Gerald Laing
Sandra from the series Baby Wild Things, 1968
Screenprint
Circ. 672-1968
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 84.5 cm, Width: 58.6 cm
Credit and copyright: Gerald Laing Estate

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Mocha Standard by Ed Ruscha


Screenprint
1969
Circ. 177-1970
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 66 cm, Width: 98.5 cm

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Zandra; Palladio 8 by Zandra Rhodes

Wallpaper 'Zandra'
Designed by Zandra Rhodes and produced by
Sanderson-Rigg Ltd, 1968
E.5088-1968
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 50.8 cm
Credit and copyright: Zandra Rhodes

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Red and Green Baby by Allen Jones


Allen Jones
Red and Green Baby, 1962
Colour lithograph
Circ. 309-1963
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 58 cm, Width: 70.7 cm

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In Memory of Gavin Turk by G. Turk

Gavin Turk
In Memory of Gavin Turk, 2003
Screenprint with diamond dust
E.3739:7-2004

Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 75 cm, Width: 75 cm
Credit and copyright: Gavin Turk

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PM Zoom by Richard Smith


"PM Zoom" by Richard Smith, 1963
Screenprint
Circ. 169-1964
Collection:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Height: 58.8 cm, Width: 76 cm
Credit and copyright: Richard Smith

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