Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective

The first major UK retrospective of the celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist.

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"Enchanting... Go to this perfectly calibrated exhibition to be entertained; come away with a new appreciation for a genuinely trailblazing artist and writer." Financial Times

"Intensely enjoyable and astute... Reliably funny and wise.The Spectator

Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition will feature her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. It will also include the first ever British graphic novel, True Love, unseen pages from Tamara Drewe and drawings from Simmonds’ new 2018 book, Cassandra Darke.

Since the early 1970s, when she began sending up Guardian readers in her long-running comic strip for the paper that became Mrs Weber’s Diary, Simmonds’ everyday heroines have capture the popular imagination.

Co-curated by Paul Gravett

"The fine observational skills — and underlying moral indignation — of Hogarth, Gillray and Cruikshank live on in her work.The Spectator

"Any social historian a century from now wanting to know English life of the late 20th and early 21st century would be well advised to dwell on the work of Posy Simmonds. She has a knack for skewering the detail of people’s lives in an absolutely recognisable way.Evening Standard

"Creating progressive female characters long before the world got 'woke'." Metropolitan Magazine

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