This summer Grundy Art Gallery will present the work of American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997).
A pioneer of the Pop Art movement that exploded in the 1960’s, Lichtenstein’s influence is still widely seen today. Creating often monumentally sized paintings using his signature hand-painted dots, Lichtenstein’s style mimicked the Ben-Day dot aesthetics of comic books and commercial newsprint, becoming synonymous with the pervasive and accelerating effects of popular mass culture at the time. Sometimes incorporating text, his paintings and prints use irony and cliché to reflect on the contemporary conditions of his day, from obsessions with youth and beauty, to the socio-political context in which he found himself working.
This exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 42 major artists, and this touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, nearly 50 million people have visited over 185 displays at some 87 museums and galleries.
ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.
13/07/2019 — 7/09/2019
NDACA at the Grundy
Art, Anger and Rights from the Disability Arts
Curated in partnership with the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), Grundy Art Gallery will host an exhibition that will tell the heritage story of a group of disabled people and their allies who broke down barriers, helped change the law and made great art and culture about those struggles. Including artworks, documentary materials and ephemera, the exhibition will have a particular focus on artists based in the North, and will examine the impact of their work at both a local and national level.
NDACA at the Grundy is presented as part of Access Fylde Coast, a project led by Disability First, Blackpool, and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to boost tourism across the Fylde Coast while breaking down the barriers to disability.