Tate will give big shows to Lowry and Lichtenstein


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The Tate Modern is to stage the first major exhibition devoted to Roy Lichtenstein next year.

The exhibition, which starts next spring, will bring together 125 of his best-known paintings and sculptures.

Lichtenstein's famous works include huge paintings of comic strip panels such as Whaam!, showing a fighter jet shooting down an enemy, and Drowning Girl, which will both feature in the exhibition.

The works were painted by hand but inspired by the industrial printing process and played on representation in mass media culture. Lichtenstein died in 1997 at the age of 73.

His consistent popularity with art buyers makes his work, along with other pieces by celebrated pop artists, a good gauge of the art market's overall health. In 2010, Oh... Alright..., which depicts a red-haired woman on the telephone, fetched £26.4m at auction. In another sale last night in New York, his Sleeping Girl was given a similar estimate.

The Tate also announced other highlights of the 2013 programme, which included the first show of LS Lowry in a public institution since his death in 1978. The Tate Britain exhibition will bring around 80 works that aim to re-assess his influence. Landscapes on show will feature his distinctive "matchstick" figures dotted around depictions of urban life in England's north-west.

Tate Liverpool will exhibit 60 works by Marc Chagall, from his time in Paris to the years spent in Russia around the time of the 1917 revolution. The galleries will also show artists including Mira Schendel and Paul Klee.

The galleries will be hoping to build on what its 2012 season, which has seen blockbuster Tate exhibitions from Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso and Yayoi Kusama, with a display from Turner, Claude Monet and Cy Twombly due to arrive in Liverpool in June.