Life and Style by Laura Berridi

Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHAAM!!!! Roy Lichtenstein landed at Tate Modern

An explosive retrospective of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein opened in London yesterday. Lichtenstein is renowned for his colourful large-scale Pop Art works based on comic strips and advertising imagery. The exhibition showcases 125 key paintings such as Oh Jeff…I Love You, Whaam! and Drowning Girl. There are also feature sculptures, previously unseen drawings, collages and works on paper, running until 27 May.

Tate Modern's "magnificent" Lichtenstein retrospective sets his work into its historical context wonderfully, says Richard Dorment in the Daily Telegraph. The show gave Dorment "a new respect for the way Lichtenstein used the work of other artists" to "make art about art".

You might think that 13 rooms of Lichtenstein's monumental Pop Art would pall, says Adrian Hamilton in The Independent. Not at all. "Profound or simply effective, Lichtenstein knew how to make a canvas leap out at you."

Lichtenstein's cool, dry wit has an uncomplicated, eye-catching strength, says Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times. But this show also tells a much more compelling story about "the most intellectual of all the Pop artists".

For those who can do it, go and visit this historical retrospective!!!!!!!

Miss Étoiles

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