Pop: On Screen and Around the World
Pop Goes the Easel
Dir. Ken Russell, UK, 1962, video, 44 min.
Derek Boshier in Person!
Join Derek Boshier, whose 1960s paintings gained renown as part of the second generation of British Pop art, to talk about his cinematic shorts. In the early 1970s, with help from a new initiative of the British Arts Council, Boshier began experimenting with cinema, producing a series of short films that, as art historian Alex Kitnick has noted, “pair Pop imagery with an acute understanding of the conventions and limits of the filmic apparatus—an interest shared by other filmmakers in London at this time such as Peter Gidal and Malcolm Le Grice.”
In its portrayal of a coterie of hip, young British painters made for broadcast on BBC television, Pop Goes the Easel created a key early image of Swinging London. Featuring Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty and Peter Philips as they dance, frolic and discuss the connections between their art and pop culture.
Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 7 min.
Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 12 min.
Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1970, video, 10 min.
Dir. Derek Boshier, UK, 1972, video, 5 min.
Pop: On Screen and Around the World is guest curated by Ed Halter and organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with International House Philadelphia on the occasion of the exhibition International Pop on view at the Museum February 24 - May 15, 2016. For more information on the exhibition, including a list of generous donors, please visit philamuseum.org.