A new exhibition is opening at the Hackney Museum, examining the influence that pop art had on local artists in the 1970s and 80s.
The Hackney Gazette explained that a number of iconic pieces by the likes of Andy Warhol and Kara Walker are on-loan at the venue from the British Museum. Interspersed between these well-known artworks are pieces by artists who worked in local print studios in the 70s and 80s.
Many of the posters produced at this time were about political movements and protests or promoting community events. They were influenced by what American artists such as Warhol and Rauschenberg were doing, but were spurred on by a desire to improve their own locality.
Speaking to the newspaper, Neil Martinson, one of the Hackney locals whose work is being featured in the exhibition, explained that the posters they produced had a purpose.
“A lot of people were either using posters or photography or print to look at how to make things better for people in some way,” he stated.
Mr Martinson added that many of the posters were “responses to political situations”, adding that at Centreprise, where he worked at the time, there was “the sense that a lot of things needed improving in Hackney”.
If you want to go and see the exhibition, you’ve got until 16 September. If you have any pop-art style pieces at home and are wondering how best to showcase them, this could also be a chance to see what kind of frames work best with these highly stylised and bold works.
Contacting a picture framer in London will ensure your artworks are showcased to their best effect.
Meanwhile, the British Museum recently revealed that it is set to undergo a revamp to help its galleries tell the stories behind the artworks on show more effectively.