The fading 1960s receive another buff-up from several new Midlands exhibitions, this coming autumn. Wolverhampton Museum & Art Gallery puts on the fourth (and final?) of a series covering the history of pop art, drawing on their own excellent collection. From 13th September 08, “Supermarket Pop: Art & Consumerism“…

“Discovers how British and American Pop artists responded to an evolving economic climate through an impressive selection of works from big names such as David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Derek Boshier and Clive Barker. Until 28th Feb 09.”

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One of the ‘Typhoo Tea’ paintings and charcoals, circa 1960-61, by David Hockney.

Ikon Eastside / Fazeley Studios exhumes the films of Andy Warhol, in a new show at Ikon Eastside titled “The Eternal Now: Warhol and Film 1963-68”

“Unedited, filmed in real time, the action unfolds in front of the camera s, the duration of each work corresponding to its subject — for example almost eight hours with Sleep (1963) [and] Empire (1964) lasting 8 hours and 5 minutes. Other films shown include Kiss (1963) and Eat (1964). Until 19th Oct 08.”

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“halp, i haz an artist!” Robert Indiana and cat, in Warhol’s Eat.

Nearby VIVID also has three screenings of avant-garde films, on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of October.

1960s popular design also gets a look-in at Worcester Art Gallery, as part of the retrospective of 70 Years of Penguin Design, on the covers of the famous mass-market British paperbacks. Opens 13th Sept 08…

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The Museum of Cannock Chase has the solo show “Pete Mason, Pop Art” from 20th Oct to 14th Nov 08, in which…

“Politicians, sports personalities and royalty are depicted as strong graphic images through the use of thousands of postage stamps to make huge collages.”

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Andrew Logan, who might well be called a ‘king of kitsch’, has just launched a new website for the The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture which is out in the nearby Welsh Marches. And the Museum is open for a few more weekends yet, before closing for the winter…

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And finally the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford has an exhibition (if you’re quick, it closes 7th Sept 08) on one of the most undiluted forms of pop culture, Bollywood in the 1970s & 80s, in “Inspired by Bollywood“…

“from film posters & costume to contemporary printmaking & sculpture”