Few artists inflame debate like Allen Jones. Celebratory, satirical and boldly inventive, his work embraces popular culture and has in turn influenced everything from design to film and fashion.
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
13 November — 25 January Burlington Gardens £11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
This long-overdue appraisal spans the entire career of British Pop artist Allen Jones, from the 1960s (when alongside peers like Hockney and Caulfield he was closely associated with the rise of Pop Art) to the present day.
Abandoning a chronological approach, we trace connections and themes over the decades. What emerges is a visual language fusing painterly tradition with the iconography of city life, theatre, and advertising – a language inspired by American consumer culture and the crisp graphics of Warhol and Lichtenstein.
You will see not only the renowned ‘furniture’ works, but also large steel sculptures, canvases that pulse with searing colour, and the rarely-seen storyboards Jones uses to plan many of his compositions. Ranging freely across a variety of media, this is a life’s work of incredible depth and ambition; work that is sometimes provocative, always striking, and charged with the energy and vitality of human life.
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The most controversial of 1960s British pop artists brings his sexually charged art into the 21st century with a retrospective that may cause a few fireworks.
Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
Talks and tours
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Thursday 2.30pm (13 November – 15 January)
Exhibition spotlight talks
10 minute talks on individual works from current exhibitions, free with exhibition entry.
The most supremely gifted and consistently original artist of the generation that included Hockney and Kitaj.
Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph