Comically fake : Lichtenstein- A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, and with the support of the Washington National Gallery of Art and Paris’ Centre Pompidou, hosts a unique retrospective dedicated to the emphatically American Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), which will run until May 27th, 2013.

This is the first major exhibition since the artist’s death, and it displays a selection of 160 works, created in a wide range of media between 1950 and 1997, and thematically covers Lichtenstein’s entire career.

As the curators, James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff state in the exhibition catalogue: “Lichtenstein’s contribution predicated on the elegant resolution of an uneasy, still potent collision of commercial and fine art, defined the enduring legacy of Pop…One understands today…that access to lived experience is entirely mediated by signs and symbols, endlessly replicated by omnipresent mass media.”

Indeed, although Roy Lichtenstein, who taught art and drawing for a great part of his life,

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