Reappraising the Pop Art Master: Tate Modern Announces Details of its Lichtenstein Retrospective

Sep 21, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT
Roy Lichtenstein, Landscape in Fog (detail), 1996

Tate Modern has revealed the details of a major exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein's work — the most comprehensive ever dedicated to this key figure of Pop Art. Co-curated with The Art Institute of Chicago, where it premiered last spring, "Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" will open at Tate Modern on February 21, 2013 and feature 125 paintings and sculptures, spanning the artist's forty year-long career.


The show includes most of Lichtenstein's iconic comic book-inspired pieces, such as "Look Mickey" (1961), "Whaam" (1963), and "Drowning Girl," (1963) but it also pays particular attention to lesser-known aspects of Lichenstein's work. There's more to the artist than his celebrated hand-painted renditions of industrial Benday dots, is the retrospective's main argument.


The show cannily places Lichtenstein in a context going beyond Pop Art itself. It demonstrates the artist's fascination and engagement with art history, and his confrontation to such key movements as Futurism, Surrealism, and German Expressionism. It also gives their rightful place to the artist's later works — female nudes and Chinese landscapes — which until now, had proved too different to be presented alongside the rest of the artist's oeuvre.


"Lichtenstein: A Retrospective," February 21 – May 2007, 2013, Tate Modern, London