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New monograph  

Joe Tilson

A new monograph, providing a definitive account of Joe Tilson's career.

Written by Marco Livingstone, designed by Jake Tilson and published by Lund Humphries.

Joe Tilson RA (b.1928 - d.2023) was one of the great figures in post-war British art and a pivotal artist of the British Pop Art movement during the 1960s. Still working, and still evolving, he has continued to explore many new directions and a great variety of mediums since moving away from his Pop origins. Astonishingly, no general monograph documenting all these phases of Tilson’s prolific production has ever been published. This book remedies this through a series of insightful chapters, exploring each decade of the artist’s career, written by Marco Livingstone, a respected authority on British contemporary art. Featuring a lively and visually rich design, this unique work will guide the reader through the evolution of one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British art.

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Joe Tilson was a British artist and fellow of the Royal Academy. He was one of the leading figures associated with the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s and was an enthusiastic proponent of political activism, sexual liberation and social change.

Tilson studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s alongside Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney. In 1955 the Royal College awarded Tilson the Rome Prize, taking him to live in Italy for a year, a country from which he has drawn a lifetime of inspiration.

Exhibiting globally since the 1960s, Tilson's work is held in collections including the Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Galleria Nazionale d Arte Moderna, Rome; The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.