American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is famed for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery. This has been on display at the Tate Modern since February and people have only got until the end of next month to catch it.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of his most important works in over 20 years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125 of his best paintings, sculptures, all the while reassessing his legacy.
The artist’s expansive practice is represented by a wide range of materials, including paintings and Rowlux and steel. As well as his sculptures that are made from ceramic and brass. There is also a selection of previously unseen drawings, collages and works.
Works such as Look Mickey – leant from the National Gallery Art in Washington – Whaam! and Drowning Girl – on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York – are the main attractions of this display.
The Guardian said of the exhibition: “Lichtenstein’s paintings are just inherently likeable. This is what is so surprising about the Tate retrospective: its sheer uplift and pleasure. Many painters hope to woo the viewer, but one sense courtship.
“Even when the ostensible subject is banal – a textbook – there is joy in their graphic zip and register, their constant delight in the making of pictures.”
Admission to the exhibition will set people back £15.50 with the additional £1.50 Gift Aid included, while concessions can attend for £13.50.
The Tate Modern should be a fairly easy place to get to for people staying in central London hotels as it is situated just over the river from London Blackfriars Tube stop, or alternatively is close to Southwark station.