Exhibition of the Week: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London SE1


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The Independent Culture

With an artist so well known, it is tempting for a gallery to try and freshen him up with a novel interpretation. Mercifully, Tate Modern has decided to play it straight.

Even stretched through 13 rooms, Lichtenstein's brand of monumentalised Pop art proves he knew how to make a canvas leap out at you. You find yourself caught up in what he called "the pregnant moment", when an image and a speech bubble tell it all.

The gallery includes some of his early efforts at painterly power, but he was best at what first inspired him in comics and advertisements: the power of imagery in simplified form, block colours and half tone dots.

(020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk) to 27 May