Sunday, March 03, 2013

Videos: Bankside and Roy Lichtenstein

This afternoon I went to Bankside to see the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition (review follows tomorrow) - however walking over the Millennium Bridge I was caught up in the atmosphere of Bankside on a Sunday afternoon.

I'm currently trying to upload a short video to YouTube of what it's like at Bankside in London on a Sunday afternoon - next to the Thames and outside the Tate Modern and the Bankside Gallery - the home of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.  YouTube is being very slow - however you can see the video on my Facebook Page. [UPDATE:  Here's the YouTube link for all those who want a dose of galleries by the Thames on a Sunday afternoon]

Videos about Roy Lichenstein

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is on at Tate Modern until 27 May.
In the meantime here are two excellent videos about the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

The first is an excellent short film (nearly 9 minutes) by the Tate - Diagram of an Artist: Roy Lichenstein
Roy Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. This film brings together archival footage of Lichtenstein at home and at work in his studio, as well as interviews with his wife Dorothy and friend Frederic Tuten to create an intimate portrait of the artist.

The second is a much longer programme (nearly 50 minutes) seems to be a South Bank Show about Roy Lichtenstein.  At any rate it's got Melvyn Bragg interviewing the artist.  It discusses his appropriation of comic book art for his paintings and has the perspective of both comic book artist and Lichtenstein.  Plus it also contains comments from his dealer - Leo Castelli and the first Lichenstein exhibition at the Tate.

He comes across to me as somebody who is respectful of art history and the work of other artists - and is clear that when appropriating he is not copying.  Interestingly one comic book artist alludes to an exhibition which was organised for comic book artists to have a chance of a response to the work of Lichenstein.  It appears that those who created the original art found it very difficult to do what Lichenstein was doing!

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