This week I visited the Tate Modern to visit The Ey Exhibition: The World Goes Pop. I honestly did not know what to expect. The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop is featured in Tate Modern until 24 January 2016. This exhibit showcases pop art from around the world starting in the 1960s and ending in the 1970s. This exhibition gives the viewer context as to why the featured artists were making the art that they were making. It not only shows us key pieces from the Pop Art movement, it also shows us something other than Andy Warhol. Being an American, we think Pop Art and we automatically associate it with Campbell’s Tomato Soup or Marilyn Monroe in abstract colors. We don’t get to see these types of works when visiting the MOMA in New
York. Yes, they may be there, but we just don’t know the reason why they are there. In seeing this exhibition I became enthralled by how many artists were embracing the Pop Art movement and the different types of Pop Art that there were. The exhibit is comprised of 10 rooms that take you through pop art on a worldwide scale.
In American Pop Art the first name that comes to mind is Andy Warhol. Even if you don’t know the name, you definitely have seen some of his pieces whether you know it or not. Just in case here are some of his most famous works:
Where in America they focus on Pop-culture, the worldwide perspective does still deal with Pop-Culture, there is also a broader scale that was not seen in America. In Room 3: Pop Politics it focuses on world events and social injustices. Another cool aspect of the exhibit is Room 5: Pop at Home. This room is all about furniture that was seen as Pop Art. With things like Man Chair, a chair that was formed with the shape of a male body. Other works draw on the “American Dream” and domestic life as well. The final room, Room 10: Consuming Pop is more of the traditional Pop Art that we see. It draws on consumer society just like Warhol did with the soup cans. To me, this room was almost not needed based on the radical difference that was going between American Pop Art and World Pop Art. The last room kind of felt like they had to mention it because it was the typical Pop Art experience.
Here were a few of my favorite pieces: