© Peter Blake
Exhibition: Peter Blake: Homage 10 x 5, Waddington Galleries, London, until December 11 2010
In this new collection from Sir Peter Blake, the renowned pop artist chooses figures that have inspired or informed his knowledge of art and pays tribute to them. The artists featured are Joseph Cornell, Sonia Delaunay, Mark Dion, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Jack Pierson, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Saul Steinberg and HC Westerman.
“These pieces are my nod of appreciation, a way of saying thank you to artists whose work I like,” explains Blake.
“It began with Appropriating Jack Pierson. I liked Pierson’s work and wanted one for myself, so I decided to make my own.” Pierson described the collage as “spooky” in its accuracy, inspiring Blake to produce further examples.
The project has also given Blake, an inveterate collector of everything from pop culture to found objects and sea detritus, the chance to delve into his magpie-like hoard and put pieces to unexpected use.
Five years after announcing his retirement, Blake is as active as ever – this latest work comes hot on the heels of his curation of this year’s Museum of Everything exhibition in Primrose Hill, in which some of his vast collection went on display.
Waddington Galleries, Cork Street, London. Open 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, 10am-1.30pm Saturday. Call 020 7851 2200