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ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus

Press release introducing Tate Liverpool's upcoming display ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus

ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus
Tate Liverpool
22 September 2017 to 17 June 2018

This autumn Tate Liverpool will be showing works by the renowned American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). The display includes major paintings such as In the Car 1963 and provides a rare opportunity to see a substantial group of Lichtenstein’s work in the North of England. It includes some 20 paintings, reliefs and works on paper by the artist known for his paintings based on comic strips, advertising imagery, and adaptations of works by other artists.

Lichtenstein was a pioneer of the pop art movement that exploded in the early 1960s. In his often monumentally-sized paintings, he makes use of a printing technique that mimics the Ben-Day dots seen in comic books and commercial newsprint. This became synonymous with the influence of popular mass culture on the look and subject matter of avant-garde art at the time.

Fascinated by the arresting and emotionally charged imagery found in romance and war comics, Lichtenstein sought to recreate in paint the immediacy and impact of these simplified printed images. This display examines how the artist’s work draws on art history while also responding to cultural and political changes from the 1960s onwards.

Lichtenstein experimented with different media throughout his career. Most commonly he used synthetic materials with glossy or mirrored surfaces, the contrasting and reflective effect of this can be seen in works such as Wall Explosion II 1965 and Reflections on Girl 1990. Lichtenstein’s only foray in to film will be displayed for just the second time in Europe. The triple screen film installation Three Landscapes c. 1970–1971 is a mesmerising hybrid of film, painting, billboard, comic strip and kinetic spectacle.

Bringing together painting, sculpture and video from throughout Lichtenstein’s career, this exhibition constitutes a key body of work, drawn from ARTIST ROOMS - a collection of international modern and contemporary art, established through the d’Offay Donation in 2008, and jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland - alongside major loans from both institutions and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus is curated by Darren Pih, Exhibitions and Displays Curator, with Lauren Barnes, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) Biography
Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is pre-eminently identified with pop art, a movement he helped originate, and his first fully achieved paintings were based on imagery from comic strips and advertisements, and rendered in a style mimicking the mechanical printing processes of newspaper reproduction. These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and helped change the history of modern art. Lichtenstein’s success was matched by his focus and energy. After his initial triumph in the early 1960s, he went on to create an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects celebrated for their wit and invention.


ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of more than 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art, displayed across the UK in dedicated solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 40 major artists. It was founded through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, when Anthony d’Offay gifted the collection to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland for the public to enjoy, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

40 million people have visited more than 150 exhibitions at over 75 museums and galleries around the UK, from Penzance to the Hebrides, and from Belfast to Llandudno. ARTIST ROOMS gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and artists, and learn new skills.

The current UK programme is delivered by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with lead Associate Ferens Art Gallery, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. | |

Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. Art Fund Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including ARTIST ROOMS and the 2013-18 Aspire tour of Tate’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass at

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively. In 2013/14 we will distribute over £100m in funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information on Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

Ferens Art Gallery
The Ferens is one of the UK’s finest regional galleries and reopened in January 2017 following a £4.5 million refurbishment. The gallery’s fourth collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS brings the work of Ron Mueck to Hull for the first time, part of Hull’s 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations. The Ferens is ARTIST ROOMS’ lead Associate partner for the UK programme until spring 2019, chairing an Advisory Group of Associate museums and galleries, and providing mentoring support for the network. Ferens Art Gallery is operated by Hull Culture and Leisure Limited on behalf of Hull City Council

Made possible through the generosity of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
By the wishes of the artist and his family, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered as a Private Operating Foundation in 1998, primarily to facilitate public access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time; to create a catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generations of curators, critics and scholars concerning the artist Roy Lichtenstein.