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Current exhibitions and new monograph
Joe Tilson -
Modest Materials

A-Z Box of Friends
and Family

Marlborough London
6 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BY

28 April - 3 June 2023
Monday - Friday 10:00-5:30
Saturday 10:00-4:00

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"Modest Materials is an overview of Joe Tilson's career, spanning over seven decades. Ranging from experimental abstractions of the 1950's to bold Pop Art, elaborate wooden reliefs, to his most recent body of work honouring his love for Venice and Tuscany, the exhibition will showcase some of his most iconic works throughout the decades.

A-Z Box of Friends and Family is an exhibition on the second-floor gallery. Inspired by Tilson's 1963 work of the same title.
This collaborative artwork is reimagined 59 years later as an exhibition. The original contributors were asked to exhibit a new work alongside extended family creating an eclectic celebration of an extraordinary life

Frank Auerbach
Clive Barker
Peter Blake
Derek Boshier
Stephen Buckley
Anthony Caro
Patrick Caulfield
Bernard Cohen
Harold Cohen
David Dawson
Sophy Dury
Richard Hamilton
David Hockney
Gavin Jantjes
Allen Jones
R.B. Kitaj
Leon Kossoff
John Latham
Jennifer Lee
Ranald Macdonald
Eduardo Paolozzi
Anna Tilson
Hannah Tilson
Jake Tilson
Joe Tilson
Jos Tilson

The exhibition also includes portraits of Tilson by fellow artists Auerbach, Blake, Caulfield and Hockney as featured in the Lund Humphries monograph by Marco Livingstone, designed by Jake Tilson.

Joe Tilson,
Breaking the Rules

Cristea Roberts Gallery
43 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5JG

28th April - 17 June 2023
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 11am - 2pm
Closed Monday, Sunday and public holidays

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"Cristea Roberts Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of one of Britain’s most important living artists, Joe Tilson (b. 1928). As a lifelong dedicated and subversive printmaker, Joe Tilson: Breaking the Rules will focus on Tilson’s graphic oeuvre, revealing a continuum in the artist’s preoccupations, inspirations, philosophy, and methods.

Over 45 works dating from 1967 to 2022, including prints made in the 1960s by Tilson, then an exponent of British Pop Art, and new hand-coloured editions, inspired by cultural history, demonstrate how Tilson, now aged 94 years, continues to defy and challenge the rule book of printmaking."

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) is 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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From Cristea Roberts Gallery, Making a Mark, a podcast series exploring the relationship between artists and printmaking.

Joe Tilson is a British artist and fellow of the Royal Academy. He is 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.