Peter Blake The First Real Target 1961

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Artist
Peter Blake born 1932
Title
The First Real Target
Date 1961
Medium Enamel on canvas and paper on board
Dimensions Support: 537 x 493 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03419
Not on display

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The foundations of Pop Art in America were laid during the 1950s by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Like Blake, both these artists incorporated images taken from popular culture into a fine art context, and Blake has acknowledged their example. This work refers to Johns's work in particular. Whereas Johns had taken a familiar object - a target - and executed this motif on the canvas in a painterly style, Blake took this further by using a real archery target purchased from a sports shop. The work of art is consequently less like a painting and is even closer to the real world. Blake thus questions: is this 'the first real target'?

September 2004

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