If the overarching relationship between art and design is sometimes a complex one, the relationship between particular art movements and design can be equally problematic. How do designers respond to cultural movements rooted in a certain time and place? How are these movements affected when designers co-opt its visual language for their own ends? At what point do these designs become part of the art movement?
These are some of the questions explored at The Barbican’s new show Pop Art Design which brings together more than 200 works by 70 artists and designers to investigate this crossover. The exhibition is accompanied by an interesting events programme which puts some of the key protagonists in the spotlight. Next week Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers will interview Gaetano Pesce, who’s amazing work blurs the art and design boundary with wit and flair and makes him ideally-placed to reflect on Pop Art’s relationship with design.
The talk takes place on Wednesday November 27 at 7pm and tickets are £10, available here.
This post was produced in association with The Barbican.
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