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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Exhibition review: Roy Lichtenstein


The Hatton Gallery is currently showing sixteen screen prints and a ceramic sculpture by one of the twentieth century's most influential artists. Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), alongside key figures such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, made 'pop art' cool. Influenced by comic strip art the NYC born artist is perhaps best known for Whaam! A visit to Newcastle University's main campus art gallery revealed another aspect to the man.


A life-long jazz fan, in his seventies Lichtenstein began taking saxophone lessons from Hayes Greenfield (sideman to Jaki Byard, Paul Bley, film scores, headline engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland) having first visited NYC's jazz clubs in the 30s. Coleman Hawkins was a hero, Body and Soul a favourite tune. 

Two works in the exhibition reference the artist's keen interest in jazz - Composition I 1996, screenprint on paper and Composition II 1996, screenprint on paper (see photo). The exhibition ARTIST ROOMS Roy Lichtenstein continues until January 4, 2020. Further information from: www.hattongallery.org.uk                 
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