Tate has revealed details of its exhibition programme for 2013, and top of the bill are shows for LS Lowry, Roy Lichtenstein and Marc Chagall. Artworks by William Scott, Gary Hume and Paul Klee have also been promised.
Tate Britain is to play host to LS Lowry’s landscapes in the very first show of his work held by a London public institution since the artist died in 1976. Tate Modern will present a major retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein’s work – the first to be held in 20 years. And Tate Liverpool is planning an exhibition of Chagall exhibition, featuring around 60 paintings and a selection of works on paper – the first in the UK for more than 15 years.
The Lowry exhibition, scheduled for June 2013, has received the most attention as it comes after critics lampooned the Tate for not displaying its collection of his paintings, and arguing that if they continued to do so the works should be sold. According to the Tate, the show resulted ‘from an invitation extended to the distinguished art historians TJ Clark and Anne M Wagner to reappraise Lowry for a new and extended audience.’ It will feature some 80 works, with the exhibition ‘aiming to re-assess Lowry’s contribution as part of a wider art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city’.
The Roy Lichtenstein exhibition will be monumental in scale bringing together 125 of his iconic paintings and sculptures, including the one that even your grandma knows – the 1963 picture Whamm! But it will also feature some of his lesser-known works, including his Chinese-style landscape paintings.
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