Originally loaned to our 2018 exhibition POP! Art in a Changing Britain, Gerald Laing’s iconic print portfolio Baby Baby Wild Things (1968) has now been acquired for our collection with support from the Art Fund and the generosity of private donors.
Gerald Laing came to prominence in London in the early 1960s. His paintings of film stars, dragsters and other icons of popular culture place him as a central figure in British Pop Art.
Baby Baby Wild Things is an important acquisition for the gallery as it helps us to better tell the story of British Pop Art. Significantly, this is the only version in a British public collection.
The presence of the Brigitte Bardot print makes this a rare example of the portfolio as it was removed from almost all the portfolios and sold separately.
The Baby Baby Wild Things Portfolio