National Portrait Gallery to Reunite Pop Art Tribute; Andy Warhol Screenprints Go on Display

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A NEW exhibition of Pop Art will reunite several important paintings originallyshown in a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 40 years ago.

The National Portrait Gallery is bringing together the works that formed part of the exhibition celebrating the actress, held at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1967.

The Hollywood star died in 1962 but a combination of her fame and troubled life made her a pin-up girl for the Pop Art movement, with its fascination for the lives of the famous.

The new show, Pop Art Portraits, will feature the Marilyn screenprint series by Andy Warhol, one of several artists who commemorated Monroe in his work.

There will also be works by Richard Hamilton, Richard Smith and Robert Indiana that appeared in the New York tribute.

Pop Art is a perennial favourite and has been the subject of many exhibitions but the National Portrait Gallery show will be the first to explore the role and significance of portraiture within the genre.

In all, it brings together 52 works, also including ones by American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein and Britons including David Brook gives

Hockney, Patrick Caulfield and Peter Blake. It was Blake who incorporated many famous faces into his cover for the Beatles' 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Other highlights will include some of the earliest Pop Art experiments in Ray Johnson's portraits of James Dean and some of Warhol's Screen Tests for which visitors to his Factory studio were seated in front of a camera and filmed. …