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Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Exhibition

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Roy Lichtenstein, 'Look Mickey', 1961

When you think of American pop artists, singers like Christina Aguilera probably come to mind, but Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is an exhibition of another kind of art.

The New York born painter, Roy Lichenstein is one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century. He specialised in a style known as Pop Art, in which he used Benday dots, a type of printing process common in pulp fiction comics. Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, and his works include key paintings such as Look Mickey (1961) and Whaam! (1963). These and over a hundred and twenty other signature illustrations are going on display at the Tate Modern between the 21st February 27th May 2013. Tickets are 14, and as well as seeing his many retro looking paintings, there will be a selection from his sculpture, ceramic, and brass collections too. You shall also get an exclusive look at some never before seen drawings and collages.

If this exhibition inspires you, then you can book Wham! Print! Pop!, a five week course costing 120, in which you will learn the basics of Pop Art. Taking place on Mondays at 6.45pm - 8.45pm from 25th February - 25th March, you will explore the graphic style, landscapes and interiors of Roy Lichtenstein's iconic paintings and screenprints. You will study motifs such as traditional still life, the 'dot', and abstraction, while gaining insight into Lichtenstein's pop art compositions and methods. Each week you will develop your own work based on the techniques you learn.

There will also be several talks, lectures and symposiums between the 11th-16th March costing between 15-30.
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Why? Fun Art
When: 21st Feb - 27th May
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Tate Modern
Cost: 14
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