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Pop Art in the U.S. and Europe: Peter Phillips (English, b. 1939)

Valerio Adami, Joan Gardy Artigas, Richard Avedon, Enrico Baj, Elizabeth Blackadder, Richard Bosman, Christo,
Robert Cottingham, Allan D'Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Allen Jones, Alex Katz, R. B. Kitaj,
Nicholas Krushenick, / Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Phillips, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg,
Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Saul Steinberg, Andy Warhol, John Wesley,
Tom Wesselmann

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Josef Albers / Richard Anuszkiewicz / Charles Arnoldi / Leonard Baskin / Jack Beal / Ed Baynard / Norman Bluhm
Richard Bosman /James Brown / Alexander Calder / Warrington Colescott / Christo / George Cramer / Allan D'Arcangelo
Willem de Kooning / Richard Diebenkorn /Jim Dine / Sam Francis / Sam Gilliam / Adolph Gottlieb / Philip Guston
John Himmelfarb / / Robert Indiana / Paul Jenkins / Jasper Johns / Allen Jones / Lester Johnson / Alex Katz / R. B. Kitaj
Ellsworth Kelly/ Nicholas Krushenick / Jacob Lawrence / Roy Lichtenstein / Richard Lindner / Manel Llèdos
Robert Motherwell / Reuben Nakian / Barnet Newman / Claes Oldenberg / Jules Olitski / Philip Pearlstein / Mel Ramos
Robert Rauschenberg / Don Reitz / Larry Rivers / James Rosenquist / George Segal / Alan Shields / Steven Sorman
Robert Stackhouse / Frank Stella / Carol Summers / Wayne Taylor / William (Bill) Weege / John Wesley / Tom Wesselman
Jack Youngerman / Adja Yunkers
Phillips was born in 1939 at Birmingham, England. From 1953 to 1955 he studied at Moseley Road Secondary School of Art, Birmingham, from 1955 to 1959 at the Birmingham College of Art. In 1959 he visited Paris and started to exhibit at the RBA Galleries, London. Between 1959 and 1962 he studied at the Royal College of Art, London, with R. B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, D. Boshier, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney. There he saw reproductions of work by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. He was particularly aligned to American culture and reflected its commercial iconography and aggressive advertising style in his dynamic montage paintings. One of the most important English POP artists, Phillips taught at the Coventry and Birmingham Colleges of Art in 1962 to 1963. In 1963 he was represented at the Paris Biennale, and in 1964 his work was included in the Pop Art exhibition shown at the Hague, Vienna and Berlin. From 1964 to 1966 he lived in New York and traveled in the USA with Allen Jones by car and adopted the custom car as a metaphor for the work of the artist. In 1965 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Kornblee Gallery, New York and was invited to contribute three prints to the first major Pop Art Print portfolio, 11 Pop Artists I-III. From 1968 to 1969 he was guest teacher at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. He traveled in Africa, the Far East and the USA. In 1972 he had a retrospective at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, and in 1976 at the Tate Gallery, London. In 1977 he had a retrospective in Milan. In 1981 he visited Australia. In 1982-83 he had a retrospective which was shown at six British museums. In 1992-95 he visited Canada and US for exhibitions in cities including Montreal, Boston, Houston and New York. In 1996, he had exhibitions in Mallorca at the Fundacio Miro and Casal Solleric; in 2002, he was the subject of a career retrospective at Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy and was included in their "Pop Art UK" group exhibition in 2004. In 2005, he was included in the "Metamorphosis" exhibition at the Goulanderis Foundation (Andros, Greece) and the "British Pop" group exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes Bilbao, Spain. For more information on Phillips, see his website at http://peterphillips.com.

Selected Bibliography: In addition to discussions of Phillips in such standard works on the POP Art Movement as Judith Goldman, The Pop Image: Prints & Multiples (NY: Marlboroush Graphics, 1994), Marco Livingstone, POP ART: A Continuing History (NY: Abrams, 1990), see Enrico Crispolti, Peter Phillips (Roma: Studio d'Arte Condotti, 1969); Enrico Crispolti, Peter Phillips: Works/Opere 1960-1974 (Milano: Ideae, 1977); Roberto Sanesi, Peter Phillips (Milano: Galleria d'Arte Vinciana, 1971); Timothy Stevens, John McEwen, and Marco Livingstone, retroVISION: Peter Phillips: Paintings 1960-1962 (Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery, 1982).
Custom Print I. Original color serigraph on alufoil, 1965. 200 signed & numbered impressions + 50 H.C. for contributors (numbered I/L-L/L) for the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists I. One of the classic POP prints, it is included in Judith Goldman, The Pop Image: Prints & Multiples (NY: Marlboroush Graphics, 1994). Image size: 605x505mm Price: SOLD.
Composition. Original color serigraph, 1970. 200 signed & numbered impressions on Rives wove paper. Once again, Phillips employs the customizing of cars as a metaphor for the work of the artist. Signed and dated lower right, numbered 164/200 lower left. Image size: 454x653mm. Price: $2000.

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