Browsing Category: Pop Art

  • Yoyoi Kusama, Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show (1963)

    As if to save those analysts the bother, Yayoi Kusama has already labelled Aggregation as part of her Sex Obsession series. She describes the white growths as so many phalluses. So you might see her boat as a metaphor for the conscious mind, floating above unconscious depths. Except here, the mind has been overrun by …

    February 8, 2012
  • Richard Hamilton, The Treatment Room, (1983-1984)

    Today’s sad news has prompted me to share an artwork-related anecdote. At Richard Hamilton’s Serpentine show in 2010 the central piece was a stark, cell-like hospital room. Next to the sort of bed patients get strapped down to was a stainless steel sink and if memory serves a bucket. Behind a glass shield to one …

    September 13, 2011
  • Interview: Gerald Laing

    Sixties Pop Art had a “culpable banality” and Andy Warhol’s sculpture of Brillo boxes was a “real travesty”, according to one of the movement’s pioneers, Gerald Laing. The Scottish artist features heavily in a new show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, in which Pop Art finds politics. Many of the works are from the past ten …

    June 3, 2010