Joe Tilson

Transparency I: Yuri Gagarin 12 April 1961

1968

Not on display

Artist
Joe Tilson born 1928
Medium
Screenprint on acrylic sheet with painted lightbox
Dimensions
Object: 1219 x 1219 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1976
Reference
P02330

Display caption

Tilson was one of the founders of British pop art in the early 1960s, and his prolific production of screenprints reflected his growing political activism and critique of consumerism. Taking imagery from newspapers, Tilson portrayed political figures and significant moments in contemporary history, such as Marxist revolutionary and commander in the Cuban revolution Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, or Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin who was the first human to travel in space. The artist said in 1975: ‘I’ve been trying to rub out the categories of both the print as minor medium and what you could do in a print’.

Gallery label, September 2018

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