Advertising poster for Tate Gallery’s British Painting in the Sixties exhibition poster. Staged in 1963 at what is now Tate Britain, the exhibition was a two-part exhibition which took place in June at both Tate Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, showcasing contemporary art by British painters. The text on the poster reads:
The Contemporary Art Society
BRITISH PAINTING IN THE SIXTIES
The Tate Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery
June 1 – 30
British Painting in the Sixties exhibition poster
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The 1960s was an exciting period for British art, full of post-war-recovery energy and optimism. Artists looked to the everyday world for their inspiration. Some experimented with abstract art in new ways. They came up with conceptual art, which uses a theory that the idea behind a work is more important than the finished piece itself. Performance and video were used by artists for the first time, and Pop art, inspired by popular culture, thrived. Artists such as David Hockney, Frank Bowling, Bridget Riley and Peter Blake were at the forefront of these changes.