Gerald Laing 1936-2011: A Retrospective

19 September - 13 October 2016 London

Gerald Laing 1936-2011 present the first major retrospective, featuring paintings, sculptures and prints spanning the entire career of the British pop artist and sculptor Gerald Laing (1936 - 2011), on the fifth anniversary of his death. .


Considered one of the most important artists of his generation, Gerald Laing is one of the few pop artists to cross both the UK and US movements. Laing helped to define the visual language of the 1960s with huge canvases based on newspaper photographs of famous models, astronauts and film stars. His most famous work, Brigitte Bardot (1962), has become an icon of the decade. 


The exhibition  reflected all phases of Laing’s career starting from the early pop paintings he produced while he was still a student at St Martin's School of Art in London in the 1960s including a monumental portrait of the French film star and wife of director Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina.