Lichtenstein, A Retrospective, currently on view at the Tate Modern, is a sprawling review of the artist’s large body of work in painting, sculpture, and drawing. Lichtenstein’s immense production and practice truly makes him an artist’s artist. His work has many qualities other artists aspire to - its challenging, beautiful, thoughtful and revolutionizing. Lichtenstein’s work is situated as an icon of the Pop Art movement.
Unlike many of his Abstract Expressionist predecessors, Lichtenstein wasn’t the tortured artist whose genius sprang from the corners of his subconscious. The artist understood and carefully considered art history, formal qualities of painting and sculpture, craft, and the development of ideas in his work. As his wife Dorothy points out, Lichtenstein loved making work - he was never burdened by the hours he spent in the studio. In fact, he was grateful that he could indeed make a living doing the work he loved.
The exhibition is laid out over several galleries at the Tate Modern - with some beautiful moments including the last two images in this photoset - a sculpture that is mirroring a partial reflection of a painting hung across from it and another sculpture sitting just perfectly in front of a painting of the same character.
This exhibition is a true celebration of an artist who we can all admire both as a creative professional and as a person. His practice was focused, engaged - and the results will provide us with inspiration for years to come. Take a look at the exhibition website which includes a fantastic video, Diagram of an Artist: Roy Lichtenstein. This exhibition is on view at the Tate Modern through May 27.
Sheetal Prajapati, Associate Educator, Public Programs