Pop! Goes the Tate

Lichtenstein - lichtenstein_whaam_1963_0_web.jpgHis art may have been overlooked by many in favour of Andy Warhol's work during the heady days of the pop-art movement (Life magazine once ran a feature in 1964 asking 'Is he the worst artist in the US?'), but artist Roy Lichtenstein's distinctive style is instantly recognisable and loved by many today.

This spring, Tate Modern is running an exhibition displaying the most comprehensive collection of Lichtenstein's work to date.

lichtenstein 2013 - lichtenstein_masterpiece_1962.jpgDrawing inspiration from cartoon strips and advertising imagery, the American would often reference the printing press by creating his images through the use of hand-painted, evenly spaced Ben-Day dots, achieving a printed effect on what is actually a painted canvas.

This method was his way of exploring the place of art in mass media, juxtaposing the highbrow with the low.

In addition to well-known pieces from his pop period such as Whaam! (pictured), the retrospective will also feature a comprehensive look at his less-recognised works, such as his responses to futurism, surrealism and German expression, as well as a series of female nudes and Chinese landscapes that were created in the final years of Lichtenstein's life. Pop-tastic.

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective will be at Tate Modern from 21 February-27 May. For more information, visit Tate Modern's website.