Exhibition of the Week: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London SE1
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 22 February 2013
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.
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