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Title

Sex

1967

Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013

  • Details

    Other Title
    Sex!
    Place where the work was made
    London England
    Date
    1967
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint, printed in black, blue and pink ink from three stencils, on silver foil laminated paper
    Dimensions
    72.3 x 48.8 cm image; 75.9 x 50.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    24.2014
    Copyright
    © Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Martin Sharp

    Works in the collection

    36

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  • About

    A major figure of Australian pop art during the 1960s and 70s, Martin Sharp is renowned for his cartoons, collages, paintings and designs for posters and album covers epitomising pop's rejection of tradition and its love of colour, figuration and irony.

    Sharp is internationally recognised for the originality and impact of the psychedelic images he created whilst living in London during the 1960s, when he was working as art director of the underground magazine Oz with Richard Neville and others. Oz epitomised the anti-establishment era of the 1960s with its irreverent, satirical and often controversial take on topics as diverse as police brutality, censorship, homosexuality and abortion.

    During his time in London, Sharp established a strong reputation as a graphic artist, designing psychedelic posters and album covers for musicians and bands including Bob Dylan and Cream. His poster designs in the so called 'decadent' graphic style inspired Oz magazine associate Peter Ledeboer to set up Big O Posters in September 1967, to produce, promote and distribute all his work in this sphere and a number of these images (including 'Jimi Hendrix') are regarded as icons of the era.

    'Sex' parodies the fictional 'beauty and the beast' characters of the 'King kong' movies, first screened in 1937.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    London

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Pop to popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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