Today I had the chance to visit Roy Lichtenstein’s exhibition at Tate Modern. I had previously seen Lichtenstein’s masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York a year ago.
It was a brilliant exhibition!
A central figure of American pop art, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. In the early 1960s he broke with the precepts of abstract expressionism and hit upon a new concept of painting inspired by comic strips, advertising and mass culture imagery. The paintings were an instant sensation, provoking both delight and outrage. Over the following 4 decades, Lichtenstein’s work became internationally known for the visual power of his iconic paintings and his combination of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.
Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. The exhibition showcases such key paintings asLook Mickey 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973–4. Other noteworthy highlights include Whaam! 1963 – a signature work in Tate’s collection – and Drowning Girl 1963 on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Room after room (13 in total) pays tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.
You can also download the Lichtenstein app on your smartphone which includes commentary on 24 key works from the exhibition and insights from the curators.
Exhibition will last until the 27th of May 2013.
War and Romance