Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
Tate Modern: Exhibition
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of this
important artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute
of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125
of his most definitive paintings and sculptures and reassesses his enduring
legacy. 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 as Look 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. The artist’s rich and expansive practice is represented by
a wide range of materials, including paintings on Rowlux and steel, as well
sculptures in ceramic and brass and a selection of previously unseen drawings,
collages and works on paper.
Room after room pays tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating
the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.