Tate Modern is proud to present a retrospective of one of the great American artists of the twentieth century which opens to the public on 21 February.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of this important artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures and will reassess his enduring legacy.
Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. The exhibition showcases such key paintings as "Look Mickey " 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental "Artist’s Studio series" of 1973–4. Other noteworthy highlights include "Whaam!" 1963 – a signature work in Tate’s collection – and "Drowning Girl " 1963 on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The artist’s rich and expansive practice will be represented by a wide range of materials, including paintings on Rowlux and steel, as well sculptures in ceramic and brass and a selection of previously unseen drawings, collages and works of paper.
Room after room will pay tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.