Fourth floor galleries
Peter Blake: A Retrospective
June 29-September 23, 2008
A highly influential and original artist, Peter Blake is often described as the godfather of British Pop art. The Tate Liverpool exhibition will survey his rich and diverse oeuvre, presenting familiar works alongside other rarely-seen ones.
The show will include major iconic works such as On the Balcony (1955-57), Self-Portrait with Badges (1961), The Toy Shop (1962), The Beatles (1963-68) and ‘The Meeting’ or ‘Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney’ (1981-83). It will conclude with recent works, such as the Marcel Duchamp World Tour, a project which has occupied the artist for the last decade.
At the core of Blake’s work has been his fascination with popular culture, including music, film and sports. A prolific artist, he has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, collage and sculpture. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Blake became one of the best-known British Pop artists. He defined a specifically British pop aesthetic and, has on several occasions, seamlessly blended his work with popular culture itself, the best known examples being his cover for the Beatles album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the recent cover design for Stop the Clocks by Oasis.
Read on and view more work here.