Lucky me – the Tate Modern invited me to a press preview of their new Lichtenstein retrospective on Monday. He’s one of my favourite artists so it was quite a treat to get a quiet(er) viewing of the show before the crowds. Oh, and I was allowed to snap photos!
Besides the comic-strip ‘war and romance’ pieces he’s best known for, this show does a great job of displaying the other sides to Lichtenstein’s work, and across 13 rooms charts out the many phases he evolved through during his life’s work.
From this striking graphic black and white period of the 1960s…
…to a room dedicated to his famous pop art ladies, painted late in his career in the 1990s. I found the sculptures particularly effective, and liked how they were placed so you could peep at the other art through the gaps.
His sense of humour is most prevalent in these awesome pastiches of other artists’ work.
I also loved these delicate homages to ancient Chinese art, with calligraphic brushstrokes replaced by multi-layered dots to create rippling landscapes.
I actually totally missed the room with his most famous pieces in on my first trip through! I was oddly moved seeing them in the ‘flesh’: the scale and boldness is really striking.
The show opens to the public tomorrow, details here.
All works © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012 and photographed by me courtesy of the Tate