Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

Posted on: 16 April 2013 by Gareth Hargreaves

Pop art poineer Roy Lichtenstein in retrospective at Tate Modern until 27 May 2013

Whaam! Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

 

The 20th century was a period in which media influence played such a key role that its regurgitation through art was inevitable. This intelligently curated retrospective show of the work of pop art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein reveals a persistent questioning of the role of art in the age of consumerism.

There is so much to enjoy about this show; it is impressive on a purely visual level, and its perverse juxtaposition of art as icon alongside Lichtenstein’s iconoclastic creative vision makes this a 'must see' exhibition.

This is the first comprehensive display of Lichtenstein's art, certainly in the UK, since his death. A “One-trick wonder” was how Alistair Smart of The Daily Telegraph chose to describe him, but that does the artist disservice. The chronology of this show reveals an insight into Lichtenstein’s own view of the art world and his disdain for the clique that held him as its darling.

In terms of scale, the show is a mix of intimate and epic as Lichtenstein cannibalises already existing imagery - from advertising, art and comic books to produce trademark ersatz creations. 

From the utilitarian simplicity of household and everyday items in the black and white room to the grand gestures Brushstrokes, this is an uplifting and energetic show from one of the prime movers of the Pop movement.

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective runs to Saturday 27 May

Tickets £14, concessions
Tate Modern  | Bankside | SE1 9TG
Tel: 020 7887 8888

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