Lichtenstein opening party

After weeks of anticipation, Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix opened at the National Gallery of Australia with a BANG! (or should we say POP!?) on 19 July.

Ken Tyler opened the exhibition with a quirky speech channelling Walasse Ting’s poetry, while NGA Director Ron Radford cheekily drew our attention to the catalogue’s centrefold of the gorgeous Nude with yellow pillow.


Vodka POPtails were flowing as guests jumped into a photo booth to create their own Lichtenstein mashups, with props such as feather boas and speech bubbles on hand to liven things up.

Tasty treats like WHAAM burgers, POW dogs and French fries kept everyone going, as did the overflowing Lolly Bar. Champagne was never short thanks to attentive waiters wearing brightly coloured wigs and fluoro Ray Bans.

ImageKenneth Tyler AO and Jane Kinsman, Senior Curator, International Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books

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Positioned at the heart of the pulsating party was an original performance piece by Sydney-based artists Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham. Seeing Dots performers Penelope Benton, Jasmina Black and Marni Jackson sat solemnly at a Pop-inspired structure bejewelled with stacks of lollies, which they slowly turned this way and that over the course of the night. Intrigued guests couldn’t help but wonder as they observed the three ladies in canary yellow spotted dresses and sculptural wigs.


For those not quite ready to go home, an after party held at Palace Electric Cinema in New Acton (courtesy of our sponsors the Molonglo Group) was a welcome addition to the night’s festivities…

‘Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix’ media launch

Media and staff gathered last Friday at the National Gallery of Australia for the media preview of ‘Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix’, which opened to the public on Saturday 20 July.

The excitement was palpable as Ken Tyler– who travelled to Canberra specially to open the show–recounted some of his unique experiences of working with Roy Lichtenstein. Thank you to both Ken and Marabeth Tyler for making the long trip from the U.S. to be here.

ImageMarabeth Cohen-Tyler, NGA Director Ron Radford AM, Kenneth Tyler AO


Exhibition Curator Jaklyn Babington in conversation with ABC reporter Anna Morozow

ImageLouise Maher from 666 ABC Canberra interviews Ken Tyler


Ken Tyler discusses a series close to his heart: the Entablatures of 1976.

Did you know?

  • Curator Jaklyn Babington spent over 12 months selecting the works that would form the Lichtenstein exhibition; considerations included the period of the artist’s career to be covered, followed by an in-depth analysis of each work and series.
  • The first room of the exhibition features a group of rare 1950s woodcut prints by Lichtenstein, displaying his transition from an expressionistic style into Pop Art. Originally forming part of the artist’s personal collection, these works have never before been displayed in Australia.
  • The works in the exhibition make reference to and remix no less than nine different art movements or styles: Impressionism, Pointillism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Op Art, Cubism, Art Deco, Classicism and Constructivism.
  • Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix returns to the National Gallery of Australia after touring for over 12 months and covering 8,800 kilometres across three states as part of the Gallery’s Travelling Exhibitions Program.  A total of 21,084 people saw the exhibition at three venues: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington (VIC), QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (QLD) and Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (NT).

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Remix and win!

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix opens in Canberra at the National Gallery of Australia on July 19 with an invite-only party. To celebrate the NGA  in conjunction with exhibition sponsors the Molonglo Group are offering two tickets to the opening along with accommodation  at the Diamant Hotel to one lucky winner. For details on how to enter the competition visit our Facebook page:

Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard girl, 1965, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Frank Stella: Recent work

Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm

June 4 – July 5 2013

On June 4 the Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm opened a new exhibition of Frank Stella’s recent sculptures. The large brightly coloured works are a continuation of the Scarlatti Sonata Kilpatric series that Stella began in 2006, which explores the dynamic sense of movement achieved in music. You can read more about the sculptures and the exhibition here:

Ken and Marabeth Tyler joined Stella in Stockholm for the opening of the exhibition, and took the images below to share with us:

Frank Stella at the opening of his exhibition in Stockholm

Frank Stella at the opening of his ‘Recent work’ exhibition in Stockholm on June 4

Per Inge and Ask Bjorlo with Ken Tyler

Ken Tyler with Per Inge and Ask Bjørlo at the opening of ‘Frank Stella: Recent work’ on June 4. Like Stella, Per Inge Bjørlo created prints with Tyler, which you can read about here:

Kenneth Tyler honoured at IPCNY

The IPCNY's spring benefit

Each year the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), an institution ‘dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of fine art prints’ holds a spring benefit honouring luminaries of the print world. This year art writer Faye Hirsch, artist Robert Mangold and master-printer Ken Tyler were the honourees celebrated at a function on May 15.

Frank Stella, Tyler’s long-time friend and collaborator, presented Tyler with his award and gave a presentation discussing Tyler’s unique printmaking career. These images were taken during the evening by  Liam Alexander for IPCNY.

Frank Stella talking about Ken Tyler's career at the IPCNY's spring benefit

Frank Stella discussing Ken Tyler’s career at the IPCNY’s spring benefit. On the screen is an image of Tyler at the Gemini Ltd studios in the 1960s.

Frank Stella & Ken Tyler embrace at IPCNY's spring benefit

Frank Stella and Ken Tyler embrace as Stella presents Tyler with his award.

Kenneth Tyler at IPCNY's spring benefit

Ken Tyler giving his acceptance speech at the IPCNY’s spring benefit. On screen is an image of an impression of Robert Motherwell’s Elegy study I lithograph being pulled at the Tyler Graphics Ltd studio in Mount Kisco.

You can read about Tyler and Stella’s working relationship here in a lecture that Tyler gave last year when Stella was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

Screen printing in Alice Springs

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix

The National Gallery of Australia’s Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix travelling exhibition opened at the Araluen Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27. In conjunction with the exhibition, Sydney based mural artist and printmaker Mini Graff conducted a screen printing workshop at Central Craft in Alice Springs.

 Creating a Benday dot stencil          The finished Benday dot stencil

ABOVE: punching out small circles to create a Benday dot effect stencil; the finished stencil

BELOW: Mini Graff (wearing hat) and workshop participants working at the lightbox

 Mini Graff (in hat) and workshop participants at the light box          Mini Graff (in hat) and workshop participants at the light box

Behind the scenes: treatment of Robert Motherwell’s ‘El negro’

Robert Motherwell’s El negro recently made a trip to the National Gallery of Australia’s paper conservation department for some preventative treatment. We paid a visit to conservator Fiona Kemp to bring you these special behind-the-scenes shots of conservation in action!

You can read more about the making of El negro in the Tyler Graphics Ltd. print documentation here: For more information on Motherwell and his work with Tyler, visit our website:

A page from the book at rest on the paper press Wearing gloves, Fiona moves the page from the press Spraying the pages to relax the paper fibres The pages looking pristine!


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