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City gallery's Pop Art collection to go back on display

Pick of the Pops is a new exhibition that showcases an iconic collection owned by City of Wolverhampton Council.

Credit: Boty, Pauline. (1938 – 1966) Colour Her Gone, 1962 Courtesy of The Pauline Boty Estate, © Pauline Boty
Credit: Boty, Pauline. (1938 - 1966) Colour Her Gone, 1962 Courtesy of The Pauline Boty Estate, © Pauline Boty

Wolverhampton Art Gallery boasts the largest Pop Art collection outside of London and, after time away on tour, it is back home.

From Saturday 2 February, visitors to the Lichfield Street venue will be able to see over 20 pieces of work on display, in the ground floor Pop Gallery.

The free exhibition includes Roy Lichtenstein's 'Purist Painting with Bottles', an oil painting that shows abstracted bottles, a cocktail glass and other shapes in a Purist style.

Also available to view are Richard Hamlinton's 'Adonis in Y Fronts', which looks at the masculinity and perceptions of male beauty; Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup', inspired by UK and American branding and advertisement; the Pauline Boty's famous 'Colour Her Gone', an image of Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s, and King Kong by Nicholas Monro.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy said: "We are known nationally and beyond for our fantastic Pop Art collection at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

"We have a variety of pieces that look at a range of colour and challenge the traditions of objects, comic books and advertising.

"I am pleased to have it back on display after the works have been touring the UK and hope visitors to the gallery will enjoy the exhibition."

Other works included in the exhibition are, Clive Barkers' 'Study for Sculpture (Marilyn on a Coke Bottle)', 'Beach Boys' by Peter Blake, 'Dream T-shirt' by Allen Jones and another of Warhol's pieces 'Jacqueline', as well as many more.

During the exhibition visitors to the gallery will have the chance to vote for their favourite Pop Art piece via a comment box. The most popular will be crowned as the 'Pick of the Pops'.

Voting closes on Friday 30 August at 4.30pm, with the winner to be announced in September on the gallery's Facebook (Wolverhampton Art Gallery) and Twitter (@WolvArtGallery) pages.

Throughout the exhibition there will be a number of talks and events taking place to uncover the meaning and inspiration behind the pieces.

For more information visit Wolverhampton Arts and Culture or call 01902 552055.

The exhibition is free to attend. Gallery opening hours are Monday to Saturday (10.30am to 4.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm).

  • released: Friday 18 January,  2019