Allen Jones, Enchanteresse, 2006, Bronze, 115 cm, Ed 8
Allen Jones - catwalk II
Vernissage: Thursday, 2nd October 2008, 7 p.m., the exhibition runs until 4th November, 2008
Allen Jones is one of the great legends of the glorious history of pop art. Along with David Hockney, Ronald B. Kitaj, Richard Hamilton and so forth, Jones founded British pop art, a movement which like its American counterpart allowed the everyday world of the consumer society to take its place in the exalted temple of art. In the mid-sixties we see the first appearances of such fetish motifs as high-heels, latex clothing and slender female legs. Ever since, Allen Jones has resourced his painting, sculpture and graphic works through sex and eroticism. Jones defined the female body and his sexually loaded fragments and fetishes as the crowning glory of pop art, interpreted in a descriptively realist manner of formulation: Jones eschews schematic flatness of the seductive figures as in Lichtenstein or Wesselmann, but emphasises a physical, indeed in part haptic presence. He produced paintings in combination with latex garments and dolls dressed in gloss and leather, which functioned as furniture. During the early eighties he started rendering figuration in a free painterly and graphic way.