Poor Peter Blake just can’t catch a break (except in the rhyme department on this blog). You might recall a couple of years ago when we reported that the famed designer was still fighting with Apple Records to gain the copyright for the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover (which he designed along with countless other classic covers for everyone from The Who to Oasis). At that time, he at least had the ability to be happy about his career retrospective at the Tate Liverpool. But now he’s been snubbed by that very organization too, as they’ve declined to include him in a show at the Tate Modern all about 80s and 90s artists and their influences, claiming that most of it came just from Andy Warhol. Blake thinks he should have been included, given how prevalent his work from that era of influence was, but also isn’t terribly surprised that he was skipped over:
“They’ve hardly included me in anything they’ve done about pop art over the years,” he said.
“There were two or three rooms of pop art at Tate Britain some years ago that I wasn’t in. They had a recent hanging, British Pop Art in the Sixties, and I wasn’t in that either.”
However, it does look like some of Blake’s complaints have paid off, as the Tate has announced it’s switching the name of the upcoming show from “Sold Out: The Artist in the Age of Pop” to “The Artist in the Age of Publicity: From Warhol to Hirst.”