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Exhibitions

The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern - our critic goes zzzzz

Plus: though handcrafting his own reputation is Ai Weiwei favoured medium, there are some works of real poignancy and beauty in his Royal Academy show

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

19 September 2015

8:00 AM

The World Goes Pop

Tate Modern, until 24 January 2016

Ai Weiwei

Royal Academy, until 13 December

The conventional history of modern art was written on the busy Paris-New York axis, as if nowhere else existed. For a while, nowhere else did. People wondered, for example, whyever the mercurial Whistler volunteered for the unventilated backwaters of Britain. But London was eventually allowed into the international conversation following successful pop eruptions that began in the Fifties.

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