Roy Lichtenstein remixed Chinese art?

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Most well known for his comic-style paintings made from patterned dots*, artist Roy Lichtenstein also used his distinct techniques to create a series of work based on traditional Chinese landscapes.

Due to the strong optical effect of the dots, the art is much more powerful in person than can be captured in photos.

Lichtenstein’s re-imagining of Chinese landscapes via a series of patterns is fascinating, as are his sculptures that translate details from classic paintings into metal.

Hong Kong’s Gagosian Gallery unveiled Roy Lichtenstein’s “Landscapes in the Chinese Style” on Saturday, November 12th. The exhibition runs until December 22nd, 2011.

As Lichtenstein’s Chinese landscapes aren’t his most well known works, this a special opportunity to get up close and examine rare works from one of the kings of Pop Art.

Worth a visit!

Roy Lichtenstein – Landscapes in the Chinese Style
Gagosian Gallery
7/F, Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong

* People sometimes describe Lichtenstein’s signature painting style as originating from comic books, when actually it seems like it’s derived more from ‘the funnies’, or the comics section that used to appear as an insert in American Sunday newspapers. The patterned dots are similar to newspaper printing, and the vibrant colors were once a novelty in the black and white only newspapers of the time.

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