• Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

  • Installation view of 'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing'. Photography by Stephen White

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, LaingExhibition

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

In the late 19th century, the American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day developed a cost-effective printing technique that used dots in different densities to reproduce images on a mass scale. This process, named after its inventor, matured over the next century and was utilised to print newspapers, advertisements, and pulp comic books in the 1950s and 60s. Sigmar Polke (Germany, 1941–2010), Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923–1997), and Gerald Laing (United Kingdom, 1936–2011)—along with the rest of the world—devoured this imagery daily, and chose to reconfigure it in their works.

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing is an exhibition devoted to the Ben-Day dot. Featuring exceptional works by the legendary trio of artists, this is the first exhibition to connect them on the basis of their manipulation of the dot, transforming imagery from the commercial sphere into fine art.

Taking its title from Laing’s 1964 exhibition at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, Source and Stimulus will highlight certain themes that recur in the works of all three artists, including the Space Race, sexual liberation, mass consumerism, and politics. This transatlantic consideration of the 1960s Pop Art movement is both technical and thematic, affirming the enduring relevance of the visual vocabulary they created, in a time likewise shaped by sensationalism in the mass media.

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Selected Works

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  • ROY LICHTENSTEIN
    Frightened Girl
    1964
    Oil and Magna on canvas
    48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
    Private Collection
    © The Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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  • ROY LICHTENSTEIN
    Little Aloha
    1962
    Oil on canvas
    44 x 42 inches (111.8 x 106.7 cm)
    © The Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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  • GERALD LAING
    Rain Check
    1965
    Oil on canvas
    48 x 28 inches (122 x 71 cm)
    © The Estate of Gerald Laing

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  • GERALD LAING
    Lincoln Convertable
    1964
    Oil on irregular, shaped canvas
    111 x 73 inches (282 x 185.5 cm)
    Estate of Gerald Laing
    © The Estate of Gerald Laing

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  • SIGMAR POLKE
    Tennisspieler (Tennis Player)
    1964
    Dispersion paint on canvas
    48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
    78 3/4 x 59 inches (200 x 150 cm)
    Private Collection
    © 2018 Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

March 19, 2018

Publications

Selected Press

Blouin Artinfo | Top Art Shows in London This Week

April 5, 2018

In the late 19th century, the American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day developed a cost-effective …

Financial Times | Critics' Choice

March 10, 2018

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing at Lévy Gorvy London is the first show to consider the …

London Live Evening News | Legendary Pop Art creators' work showcased in London

March 5, 2018

The way the 19th Century mass printing technique, the Ben-Day Dot inspired three legendary pop art creators …

The Sunday Telegraph | Out of Hiding

March 4, 2018

Roy Lichtenstein's pop art classic Frightened Girl (1964) goes on public show for the first time in …

Blouin Artinfo | Top Art Shows in London This Week

March 1, 2018

“Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing” at Lévy Gorvy. The exhibition explores the greater …

The Art Newspaper | Lichtenstein hidden in private collection for 25 years to be unveiled

February 23, 2018

Frightened Girl (1964) has been tucked away in a private collection in Europe since its last outing in …

Town & Country | Ten Exhibitions To See This Spring

February 22, 2018

'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing' at Lévy Gorvy. The Ben-Day dot is the subject of this …

Blouin Artinfo | ‘Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing’ at Lévy Gorvy, London

February 12, 2018

Lévy Gorvy will host an exhibition titled “Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing” at its …

FAD Magazine | Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

February 4, 2018

In the late 19th century, the American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day developed a cost-effective …

Artlyst | Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

January 3, 2018

Featuring exceptional works by the legendary trio of artists, this is the first exhibition to connect …