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GO SEE: LICHTENSTEIN AT THE TATE MODERN

28.04.13

We've been meaning to go and see this for ages. After weeks of seeing the giant-sized posters plastered all over the tube every time we're waiting for our train and hearing everyone rave about it, we finally found a weekend to go and check out Lichtenstein: A Retrospective for ourselves.

It's busy (be sure to book a ticket if you're after a weekend slot), and only on for another few weeks (sure to make it even busier), but once inside the exhibition itself, you're presented with thirteen rooms of Lichtenstein to while away your afternoon.

Cited as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and certainly a central figure of American pop art, Roy Lichtenstein's work covers much more than the bold comic book paintings most of us are most familiar with, as each room demonstrates.

From early pop pieces (in room 2) experimenting with cartoon imagery, like the key painting Look Mickey, to interpretations of advertising, all fashioned from his signature hand-painted Benday dots, these were Lichtenstein's first attempts at capturing popular culture. Paving the way for the  iconic comic book paintings (in room 4) throughout the Sixties, where war and romance were the chosen subject matters, via some interesting black and white paintings (in room 3) on everyday functional objects, the exhibition gets off to a great start.

Moving through the rooms, the offering widens, with everything from Chinese Landscapes to Mirrors and Modern Sculptures, which are less obviously 'Roy', to those which speak of the better-known comic book aesthetic, like his Late Nudes and Artist's Studios works.

Thirteen rooms of pop, which land you in a wonderful gift shop, we defy you to leave without at the very least a  Oh, Jeff... I love you, too... but.... postcard. Go see it!

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern until 27th May