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Free Roy Lichtenstein 'Pop Remix' Exhibition - QUT Art Museum

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Detail from Nude with Blue Hair
The distinctive comic-book style art of legendary US artist Roy Lichtenstein is on show until 26 August in a free exhibition at QUT Art Museum in the city.

Even if you don't know Lichtenstein's name, chances are you'll recognise his vivid pop-art images, which first came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on comic-book art and cultural clichés, Lichtenstein produced witty, confronting and graphically striking works.

This show, a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, brings together a substantial collection of Lichtenstein's best-known pop prints from the 1950s to the 1990s.

It's a must-see for anybody interested in pop art, print-making, the history of art -- or just art that makes you think, smile, and go 'ooh' all at the same time.

Take, for example, Reflections on the Scream (1990). Here's a picture that manages to effortlessly meld baby Swee'Pea from the Popeye comics with Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream' to produce an image that made me laugh out loud while being completely captivated by its graphic strength.

roy lichenstein, reflections on the scream
Reflections on the Scream
Likewise, Lichenstein's nudes cleverly reference classical works by the masters while imbuing them with ironic, breathy, 'True Romance' overtones. At the same time, they're beautiful in their own right, with gorgeous renderings of the female form.

As I wandered past more than 20 other large-format prints, I marvelled at how consistently Lichtenstein managed to achieve this multi-dimensional whammy. It was also a great opportunity to see his prints up close, and to admire the precision and artistry of his technique.

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The artist himself
If you're interested in learning more about the man behind the works, the exhibition also features a couple of great extras. A small collection of Lichtenstein's very early prints shows an artist still engrossed in a traditional approach to print-making, very different from his later work.

And a documentary video shows him at work in his studio, conversing with friends and talking through his creative process. It's a lovely insight into a thoughtful man who left an indelible mark on the art world when he died in 1997.

Perhaps most tellingly of all, Lichtenstein's own work went on to become a cultural icon, its instantly recognisable style manipulated in turn by countless other artists.

This exhibition is a celebration of his legacy, and of just how much fun good art can be -- in all its dimensions.

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Why? To be entertained by great art
When: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun 12-4pm, closed Mondays
Phone: 3138 5370
Where: QUT Art Museum, 2 George Street, the city (right next to the Botanic Gardens)
Cost: Free
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