Joe Tilson’s Gagarin, Star, Triangle.

LONDON - It’s always a cause for celebration when a private collection that one really admires has a first public exhibition and the opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy the David Ross collection will certainly be one to revel in.

Ross, co-founder of The Carphone Warehouse, has amassed an extraordinary collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. From 23 November to 9 February, the University of Nottingham’s Djanogly Art Gallery at Lakeside Arts Centre will host a new exhibition: Pop Art to Britart: Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection. The collection illustrates Ross’ passion for work produced within his lifetime, specifically Pop Art from its inception in the 1960s to the present day. As an alumnus of Nottingham University, it is also hugely refreshing that Ross has chosen to bring the exhibition to that city rather than London, exposing these works to a wider audience.

Peter Blake’s Babe Rainbow.

The works in this exhibition encompass all the major figures in post-war British art, including Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley, Peter Blake, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton. Works such as Blake’s What’s Wrong Wimpy? Popeye, November 1960 and Hockney’s The First Love Painting are telling results of the swinging Sixties, with the legacy of these artists becoming apparent when compared with contemporary works from the likes of Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk.

Patrick Caulfield’s Fig Branch.

This outstanding exhibition of late 20th century art will provide a chance for audiences to get up close to a range of contemporary pieces never before available for public view. I think of myself as fortunate to have explored this collection with David in the past, but seeing it displayed in a public gallery only serves to underscore its significance.

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