May 12, 2004

If you are in London and you've not been to the Lichtenstein exhibition, get your skates on - you've only got four days to go!

I was there yesterday, and I found it really interesting. Original paintings often look very different from the reproductions you usually get to see, but rarely is the impression you get so radically different as I found looking at Lichtenstein's work close up. Up close, big, the Benday dots have a strange effect on the eyes. It was interesting to see how some of these pictures were constructed, and I get the feeling that some of his work was as much a piece of experimentation with different techniques as it was an end result. Rouen Cathedral Set V springs to mind here - up close, each of the three appears to have been painted using a variant techniqe. I'd never have spotted that from a repro.

Also, while I was familiar with Lichtenstein's work from the 60's and 70's, I's not seen his more recent work. His Chinese-influenced Tall Mountains from 1996 (which I can't find on the 'net) was particularly impressive.

Posted to But is it art? by Simon Brunning at May 12, 2004 01:13 PM
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