Roy Lichtenstein is a pioneer of the Pop Art movement that exploded in the 1960s, his influence is still widely seen today. This solo exhibition at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle provides a rare opportunity to see such a substantial collection of Lichtenstein’s work in the north east of England.
Focusing on the arresting, emotionally charged and/or ambiguous imagery typically found in romance and war comics, Lichtenstein believed the world of images could be reduced to abstract patterning while retaining their original intent as recognisable symbols of reality. Lichtenstein at once draws on art history while also responding to cultural and political change from the 1960s onwards.
Bringing together works from throughout Lichtenstein’s career, the exhibition showcases a key body of works on long loan from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of international modern and contemporary art which is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, alongside major loans from both institutions.
This exhibition was previously on display at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool.
Image: Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Art 1, 1996. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Collection 2015.
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