Peter Blake's 'Girl in a Window' (1962)
- Henry Moore Institute
- Wednesday, 15 November 2017
- Lecture in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm
Catherine Moriarty discusses the work of Peter Blake as part of an ongoing lecture series highlighting sculptures from the Leeds Collections.
In 2011 Peter Blake received an honorary degree from the University of Leeds. The report of this event describes him as the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’. This lecture focuses on Blake’s ‘Girl in a Window’ and explores the wider cultural context of this curious assembly of found objects. Mannequins, mass-produced ornaments, the Royal Family and the window itself as a frame for display fascinated many other artists before Blake. Through an exploration of ‘Girl in a Window’, this lecture considers the relationship between fine art and popular art and contests the accepted patrimony of Pop Art.
Prof. Catherine Moriarty is co-editor of the Sculpture Journal and Professor of Art and Design History at the University of Brighton. Her book on Gilbert Ledward was published as part of the Henry Moore Foundation/Lund Humphries series in 2003 and her research on Paul Montford appeared in 2013. The Montford archive was accessioned by the Henry Moore Institute in 2015.
Moriarty has written widely about war memorials, sculpture and design. Her fascination with the concerns and strategies of artist and writer Barbara Jones shape her chapter ‘Popular art, Pop Art, and “the boys who turn out the fine arts”’ in the volume Pop Art & Design, edited by Anne Massey and Alex Seago, published by Bloomsbury this year.
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