“What I do is form, whereas the comic strip is not formed in the sense I’m using the word; the comics have shapes but there has been no effort to make them intensely unified. The purpose is different, one intends to depict and I intend to unify”. Roy Lichtenstein
Text: Christina Zikou
The heart of Pop Art is beating at the Parisian Centre Pompidou this summer, with an exceptional selection of over a hundred major works showcased within the first complete Roy Lichtenstein retrospective (1923-1997) in France. From the very first iconic paintings inspired by comics and 1960s popular scene to works displaying Lichtenstein’s ongoing dialogue with the Grand Masters of modern painting (such as Picasso, Matisse and Léger) and classical art, the exhibition invites the public to consider going “beyond Pop” in order to reconsider him as one of the first post-modern painters.
Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl, 1963 ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / ADAGP, Paris 2013
A leading figure of the postwar art scene, the pop painter was also eager to experiment with materials, blend the codes of figurative and abstract art and combine the worlds between pictorial and 3-dimensional objects. His passion for sculpture, ceramics as well as prints adds to this retrospective a very distinguished touch, revealing his exceptional artistic and technical inventiveness.
To complete your stroll at Centre Pompidou with Parisian allure, enjoy a breathtaking view from Le Georges, the café-restaurant situated on the 6th and last floor!
*The Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective runs from July 3rd to November 4th 2013 at Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris. For more information, kindly check the official site of Centre Pompidou here.