Barbican's 'superbly staged' Pop Art Design show - reviews
Partying meets pragmatism in this enjoyable new show revealing how Pop art took over our lives
What you need to know
A "superbly staged" new exhibition, Pop Art Design is lighting up London's Barbican. The exhibition, which opened this week, highlights the exchange of ideas between Pop artists and their designer contemporaries by presenting around 200 creations by over 70 artists and designers.
It includes artwork by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Blake and Evelyne Axell (edit of artwork above) alongside designer objects such as furniture and household items by iconic designers Achille Castiglioni, Charles and Ray Eames and Ettore Sottsass. Runs until 9 February.
What the critics like
"Partying meets pragmatism" in this enjoyable new exhibition that lights up the "grey cave" of the Barbican's gallery, says Rowan Moore in The Observer. This bright celebration of the energy and output of post-war America and its admirers in Europe has nerve, verve and freedom.
"It's superbly staged," says Oliver Jones in Metro. The darkened room showing Bond opening titles, complete with bed-sized beanbags, is a nice touch and Roy Lichtenstein's yellow light switch is a real turn-on.
The show reveals how everyday life came under the influence of pop culture as the Pop art movement co-opted the symbols of consumer culture to create domestic objects, says in The Independent. But "alongside its cultural value, the show is great for inspiration on how to lighten up at home" as the bright and lively styles of pop design are easy to incorporate in contemporary spaces.
What they don't like
As Pop art became a prevailing aesthetic trend, so this exhibition focuses increasingly on groovy plastic chairs and Tupperware, says Oliver Jones in Metro. "Yet, by its space-age climax, you feel as if you are wandering through a stylish yet soulless Stanley Kubrick film set." ·