Exhibit is a big noise in art world; jamie mcloughlin on the newly conserved lichtenstein at the tate.
Byline: jamie mcloughlin
PIECE of pop art history was unveiled in Liverpool yesterday and it looks like it's going to make a pretty big impact.
AWhaam! is one of the most famous pieces by artist Roy Lichtenstein, depicting a jet fighter firing at an enemy plane.
Completed in 1963, the 55-year-old work's comic-book style has made it a popular fixture on student bedrooms for decades, and it complements the Lichtenstein pieces already on display at the Tate which have attracted more than 70,000 visitors since the exhibit opened last September.
Tate has owned the artwork since 1966 and it has been in near-constant display since. Before it joined the Liverpool display, it underwent a cleaning technique which has restored it to the same vibrancy it had in 1963.
Executive director, Tate Liverpool, Andrea Nixon, said: "It's wonderful to have the recently conserved work Whaam! go on show at Tate Liverpool to mark the beginning of the gallery's 30th anniversary year."
| Whaam! is now available for viewing at the Tate, in the Albert Dock, and will be there until the exhibition closes in June.
Roy Lichtenstein's famous Whaam! is on show at Tate Liverpool Picture: CHRISTOPHER FURLONG