Saturday, 29 November 2014

Post Pop: East Meets West - Saatchi Gallery (part 2: West)

Peter Halley, Prison with Yellow Background, 1984
Post Pop: East Meets West is at the Saatchi Gallery until 23 February 2015.
The Saatchi Gallery’s new show is a large scale encounter between British and American  ‘Post Pop’ and  Oriental artists from China, Taiwan and the former Soviet Union, who have adapted something of the flavour and attitude of Western Pop to their own cultural contexts. Clearly, such a large show (more than 100 artists) will produce mixed results. However, it is refreshing and instructive to be confronted with a broadly familiar visual language inflected with different accents and a different sensibility.
I realize that the point of such an exercise is to mix things up – however, I found that I could better get a handle on the content and the cultural contrasts by separating out East and West. So, I have selected my parallel top 10 exhibits – albeit selected from reproductions rather than an encounter in the exhibition itself. This is Part 2: West. (Click here for Part 1: East.)
Read reviews by Waldemar Januszczak and Jonathan Jones.
(NB artists are listed in alphabetical order; click on images to enlarge.)
Mike Bidlo,  Not Warhol (Brillo Soap Pads Box Pasadena Type, 1969), 1991
Glenn Brown, Reproduction, 2014
Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (High Heel), 2014 
Gary Hume,  Four Coloured Doors I, 1989-90
Clay Ketter, Suckerpunch Motel Wall, 2001
David Mach,  M & M (Mao from Mao & Marilyn), 2014
Lisa Milroy, Shoes, 1990
Julian Opie,  This is Shahnoza, 46, 2007
Richard Woods,  Nature Making, 2014
(Click here for Part 1: East)

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