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Saturday, February 23 2013

Review: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern / until Monday 27th May 2013

To see “Look Mickey” in person, Roy Lichtenstein’s breakthrough painting, is like looking at a lost relic – the root of all things Pop: his early, definitive style and satire already visible in his controlled brushstrokes, comic-book aesthetic and signature hand-painted Benday dots. This is a precursor to the most comprehensive exhibition of Lichtenstein’s work, spanning 13 rooms of the Tate Modern, which include his famed War and Romance works such as Whaam! And Oh, Jeff… I Love You, Too… But…. In spite of their notoriety, these works formed only four years of the artist’s expansive career, and in a wonderful conclusion to this thorough retrospective are presented his large-scale and lesser-known nudes and Chinese landscapes. Conceived towards the end of his life, Lichtenstein’s palette has paled, the tone is serene. There is a lack of speech-bubbles and the scale used is paramount to gently tease the viewer with a hint of quiet honesty that his earlier works exchange for their hugely influential commentary on mass reproduction and the mechanical age.

This remarkable and captivating retrospective is a masterful nod towards Lichtenstein’s oeuvre that changed art forever, showcasing his work contextually through the chronology of his life as well as allowing the viewer to understand the times and influences of his work. Notably the Art about Art room highlights Lichtenstein’s adherance to his formal training, his composition of line, form and colour, seen in his homage to Picasso’s Femme d’Alger and the reproduction of the Vatican’s Laocoön: within this idiom is embedded infinite creative potential to stylise anything. This is emotionalism pre-packaged in accordance with the masked outlines of his work (Plus and Minus VI) and the finite edges of the canvas as comic strip panels (Masterpiece): this is the legacy of one of the central figures of American Pop Art.

 

TIME AND PLACE

Daily from 10am – 6pm,
Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG

Tickets £14, concessions from £6.10 to £12.20, all available here

 

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Wednesday, February 20 2013

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern / Thursday 21st February – Monday 27th May 2013

TIME AND PLACE

Daily from 10am – 6pm,
Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Previews on Wednesday 20th February

Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG

Tickets £14, concessions from £6.10 to £12.20, all available here

Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this will be the first major Lichtenstein retrospective for twenty years, bringing together 125 of the artist’s 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. It will also highlight Lichtenstein’s engagement with art history, revealing his lesser-known responses to Futurism, Surrealism and German Expressionism. In the final years of his life, the artist went on to create a series of huge female nudes and sublime Chinese landscapes, neither of which have previously been shown within the wider context of his oeuvre.

This exhibition will showcase such key paintings as Drowning Girl 1963 (Museum of Modern Art, New York), shown above.
Advance booking is highly recommended.

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Monday, February 4 2013

Advance Booking of Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern / Thursday 21st February – Monday 27th May 2013

TIME AND PLACE

Daily from 10am – 6pm,
Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG

Tickets £14, concessions from £6.10 to £12.20, all available here

Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this will be the first major Lichtenstein retrospective for twenty years, bringing together 125 of the artist’s most definitive paintings and sculptures. Built on new research and scholarship, the exhibition will reassess Lichtenstein’s work and his enduring legacy.

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. It will also highlight Lichtenstein’s engagement with art history, revealing his lesser-known responses to Futurism, Surrealism and German Expressionism. In the final years of his life, the artist went on to create a series of huge female nudes and sublime Chinese landscapes, neither of which have previously been shown within the wider context of his oeuvre.

This exhibition will showcase such key paintings as Drowning Girl 1963 (Museum of Modern Art, New York), shown above.


Advance booking is highly recommended.

We serve fresh events daily. Say hello on twitter.com/informedlondon