Current exhibition

Peter Blake: Time Traveller

18 June–13 August 2021

Waddington Custot is pleased to present Peter Blake: Time Traveller, an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking exploration of collage by iconic British artist Peter Blake. This comprehensive survey show, which includes a number of important museum loans, investigates the fundamentals of Blake’s practice in collage over a career spanning seven decades, bringing together historic works and never-before-seen pieces. A new monograph, Peter Blake: Collage, which includes a foreword by Blake’s schoolfriend David Hockney, will be published by Thames & Hudson to coincide with the exhibition. 

 

Peter Blake: Time Traveller charts the development of Blake’s approach to collage-making, beginning with his layering of subject matter in early painted compositions and experiments with collaged paper after encountering work by Kurt Schwitters in the 1950s. From here, the exhibition travels via Blake’s rise to prominence as the ‘Godfather of British Pop art’ to his current, self-proclaimed Late Period. From his found object constructions to his most recent digital print photo-collages, Blake has broadened the scope of what collage can comprise and what it can communicate. Peter Blake: Time Traveller includes works from Blake’s Alphabet and Museum of Black and White series, as well as pieces made in homage to fellow artists Sonia Delaunay, Kurt Schwitters and Robert Rauschenberg. Clowns, wrestlers and Icons are shown alongside work around souvenirs and holiday postcards. 

 

The artist’s largest canvas work to date, Late Period: Battle, is seen on view for the first time. The piece, measuring 183.4 x 293.5 cm, was started by Blake in 1964 only to be abandoned and left unfinished until the artist turned to collage to complete the work in 2018. 

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  • Peter Blake, M, M, 1997 Peter Blake, M, M, 1997 photographs and enamel paint on board 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 in / 59 x 38.7 cm
  • Peter Blake, 3 Man Up, 1961 Peter Blake, 3 Man Up, 1961 oil on wood; metal, plastic and wood assemblage 27.7 cm
  • Peter Blake, Aquarium, 2014 Peter Blake, Aquarium, 2014 collage 111 x 161 cm
  • Peter Blake, Joseph Cornell’s Holiday – Czech Republic, Prague. ‘Aviary’, 2017 Peter Blake, Joseph Cornell’s Holiday – Czech Republic, Prague. ‘Aviary’, 2017 collage 88.5 x 87 cm.
  • Peter Blake, U.S.A. 4, 2013 Peter Blake, U.S.A. 4, 2013 mixed media on board 37 x 31 cm

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