Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
Tate Modern, London
21 February to 27 May 2013
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
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www.tate.org.uk

This exhibition is billed as the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to foremost Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, bringing together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the central figures of American Pop Art. In the early 1960s he pioneered a new style of painting, executed by hand but inspired by industrial printing processes. He became renowned for works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots, as an ongoing examination of representation and originality in mass media culture.

This exhibition showcases such key paintings as Look Mickey 1961 (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Whaam! 1963 (Tate, London), Drowning Girl 1963 (Museum of Modern Art, New York) and his monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973-4.

Alongside classic paintings of romantic heroines and scenes of war, the exhibition shows his early Pop works, such as his depictions of everyday objects in black and white, as well as later phases including landscapes, brushstrokes and mirrors. It also highlights Lichtenstein’s engagement with art history, including his lesser-known explorations of Futurism, Surrealism and German Expressionism. In the final years of his life, the artist went on to create a series of female nudes and sublime Chinese landscapes, which have not previously been shown within the wider context of his oeuvre.