Godfather of Pop Art – Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein @ Tate

Lichtenstein @ Tate

One of the most seminal artists of the modern era and one that even a heathen would recognise. Mr Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in Manhattan New York, the exact place that he died some 73 years later, by this time he had influenced a generation with his take on art and his use of modern advertising and imagery found in comic books.

AM:FM

AM:FM

Blue pictures

Blue pictures

Dot work

Dot work

Beach

Beach

The exhibition currently running at the Tate Modern in London is a whistlestop tour through his stages in thirteen rooms, from his early discovery of his now iconic styles through experiments, sculpture, Chinese Song dynasty influences and up to the end of his life and his artistic career.

Pop sculpture

Pop sculpture

Along with Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist defined a movement and one of the most exciting ones ever, the influence of modern brands taking art away from more traditional areas and injecting some humour and irreverence.

Pop Chinese

Pop Chinese

It has been said that Lichtensten actually was fed up with being seen as purely a pop artist  and his iconic use of dots to create depth and shade actually limited his scope of work. Unconfirmed but you would can forgive the man for feeling that way.

Pop interaction

Pop interaction

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Tate Modern London runs until May 27, plan to book your tickets to avoid queues and disappointment. One of the finest exhibitions around and worth a re-visit. SF will be heading there again soon

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