A Big Bang: The Origins of the Pop Art Collection, Part 1

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

7 December 2013 - 21 June 2014

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Tim Mara, Five Screen Prints, 1973. Collection of WAVE Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Tim Mara, Five Screen Prints, 1973. Collection of WAVE Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The first of a two-part display exploring the reason why art works by some of the biggest names in Pop Art found a home at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. This exhibition features some of the earliest works acquired for the Art Gallery's collection over the last 50 years and tells the story behind the collection, which began with the purchase of the ICA print portfolio in 1964. This included work by Derek Boshier, Peter Philips, Bridget Riley, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and other contemporary artists of the time.

In the last 50 years, this collection has become one of the strongest in the UK, with the addition of other stars of the Pop era including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Pauline Boty.