Curious Woman
by Allen Jones, 1964–5
© Allen Jones

An important aspect of Pop Art’s involvement with portraiture was its exploration of the representation of women. The 1950s and 1960s saw the growth of the mass-media, and in films, television, advertising and magazines, images of women proliferated.

This section of the exhibition focuses on Pop Art’s response to the use of female sexuality in the context of advertising and in the pin-up imagery increasingly available ‘girlie’ magazines. Portraits range from Peter Blake’s and Peter Phillips’s direct use of collaged images, to Allen Jones’s use of erotic imagery as a way of invigorating portraiture.