Ikon Icons: John Salt


Ikon Icons: John Salt

Ikon Icons sees the return to Ikon of five key British artists from an exhibition programme that has extended over five decades. John Salt is our Ikon Icon for the 1960s, to be followed by Ian Emes (1970s), Cornelia Parker (1980s), Yinka Shonibare (1990s) and Julian Opie (2000s). A presentation of work by each takes place, consecutively, throughout 2014 in Ikon’s Tower Room.

The series is a major component of Ikon 50, the programme of exhibition and events celebrating Ikon’s 50th anniversary.

John Salt, the first artist ever to exhibit at Ikon, shows paintings, prints and sculpture made before he embarked on an artistic career both in the US and the UK that saw him acknowledged internationally as a major exponent of Photorealism. They reflect a pop sensibility, a subtle sense of humour and an abiding interest in cars.



Event/Talk29.03.2014 / 10.00am6.00pm
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Those Were The Decades: 1960s
Day Passes (includes Evening Film Screening): £15 and £12 concessions. Evening Film Screening only (Medium Cool): £7.50 and £5.50 concessions.Also available on the door (cash only). Please note that online booking closes at 9am on Saturday 29 March.
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Ikon Icon 1970s
Ian Emes
Ian Emes shows his masterpiece French Windows (1972), dating from his final year as a student at City of Birmingham Polytechnic (now BIAD).
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Ikon Icon 1990s
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Yinka Shonibare’s exhibition at Ikon in 1999 was seminal. We now show Five Under Garments and Much More (1995), an early suspended installation that prefigures the artist’s mannequin works. Each piece mimics the structured corsetry of period noble dress but the dramatically enlarged proportions and exuberant textiles suggest a provocative de-robing of social and class constructions.


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