Pop to popism, the most comprehensive collection of pop art ever to be seen in Australia opens at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, on November 1, 2014.

Exclusive to Sydney, Pop to popism features 200 works by more than 70 of pop’s greatest artists – many of which have never before been exhibited in Australia.

Spanning three decades, from the mid 1950s to the 1980s, it traces pop from its origins through to its heyday, and its enduring legacy both in Australia and internationally.

Part of the Sydney International Art SeriesPop to popism will take over an entire floor and is one of the most ambitious exhibitions undertaken by the Gallery. For the very first time, Australian pop artists will be presented alongside their international peers from America, Britain and Europe.

Featured artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Brett Whiteley, Richard Hamilton, Martin Sharp, Gilbert and George, Cindy Sherman, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Peter Blake, Richard Larter, Niki de Saint Phalle and Maria Kozic.

‘Pop art changed culture forever and yet no pop survey exhibition has included Australian artists – Pop to popism grew from a desire to see our artists exhibited in an international context.’ says Art Gallery of NSW head curator of Australian art Wayne Tunnicliffe.

Works of art are on loan from 49 institutions and private collections worldwide, including the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Museum of Modern Art and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; the Menil Collection, Houston; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the JW Power Collection, Sydney.

Inside the exhibition will also be: POP PLAY, a creative family space with interactive artmaking activities, and POP SHOP, a dedicated retail space that will be bursting with playful fashion items, designer homewares and funky toys.

More information | Pop to Popism | Closes March 1, 2015