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feminism and politics.. this is how i would describe "this world goes pop" exhibition

'The point of this exhibition is to move away from the hoary story of Anglo-American Pop Art, which was invented in London during the Fifties by the Independent Group, including Richard Hamilton (another notable absentee from the Tate show), before exploding in New York in the early Sixties.' (the telegraph)

i really liked the there were 10 rooms where each had a story behind the work. some of the work i was really impressed by, but some were not really eye pleasing like the work by Angela Garcia 1944 who deconstructed the image of the female body, using fragmentation as a critical tool to renegotiate representations of femininity. i didn't particularly like her work because there is so much art on the whose feminism issue, especially nowadays, therefore i enjoyed looking at the work which is connected to the politics more. 

Like another work by Zielinski on show nearby, The Smile, or Thirty Years, Ha, Ha, Ha (1974), in which three ominous blue crosses stitch shut a pair of red-and-white lips floating against navy, Without Rebellion attacks censorship in the People’s Republic of Poland with great economy and formal poise – and a brutal frisson of menace. As Lichtenstein might say: KA-POW! Zielinski is typical of the many artists in this exhibition who worked within the Pop mode pioneered in London and New York, but adapted it to their own political ends. In fact politics – in the sense of raging protest and mass demonstration – is an essential part of the curators’ new vision of global Pop. Everywhere we turn we find hard-left dissatisfaction with the political status quo. American imperialism, the Vietnam War, nuclear bombs, the corrosive promises of capitalism: all come in for a drubbing. This one really impressed me because of another factor which is when i was doing the ideas factory project, i came up with the idea that people in my final piece would be with their mouth sewn, i was inspired but he work of ai wei wei back then and my whole point was to raise the awareness of how people in china have no voice. and the work by Zielinski is a perfect artist reference. 


Aside from politics, the other, arguably more successful theme is sex – specifically, the way that women are presented in the media. In the past, Pop Art has occasionally been criticised for being sexist. Recently, though, a number of forgotten female Pop artists have been rediscovered.


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