Duggie Fields, Allen Jones, Jeff Keen, H.C.Westermann

This exhibition brings together a multi-generational cohort of British and American artists who share both direct influence and more oblique sensibilities. In particular, the group takes an off-kilter and humanized approach to the typically cool remove of Pop, adding a deeper layer of psychological terrain. Desire, despair, and elation inform these works in equal measure marking a distinction from other artists in this milieu while retaining all of the graphic punch and dynamism.

Allen Jones, Your Move, 2015-17, oil on canvas, oil enamel on composite figure and wooden base,

Westermann and Jones were friends and inspired one another over the years finding affinities in their respective fixations despite a divergence of approach. Keen, born within a year of Westermann and known for his influential film works and countercultural gravitas, shares with his American counterpart a similar feel for the impact of war and violence. He utilizes a similar stylistic approach of collage and raw cartoonish imagery with his works on paper. The youngest of the group, Fields brings this energy forward into the context of a 1980s aesthetic while keeping a steady eye on art history from classical sculpture to Modernism.

Together, the works establish a snapshot of international Pop, both from its established center and it’s richly seeded margins. This provides a glimpse into a broader context and complexity for this generation, and establishes an alternative artistic vein and makes a case for its ongoing impact.

Duggie Fields, Allen Jones, Jeff Keen, H.C.Westermann Apr 09 — May 18 Marlborough Contemporary London Opening reception Tuesday, April 9th, 6-8pm exhibition continues April 9th — May 18th marlboroughcontemporary.com

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