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What Makes An Artwork Iconic?

27th November 2020

In 1980, the National Galleries of Scotland bought a painting by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for £100,000, and were greeted with uproar that so much money had been spent on a comic book.

From its controversial origins, how has 'In The Car' become such an iconic artwork?

In this new series of six films, Questions about Art, we'll explore some frequent musings about art - using questions asked by our audiences. What makes a painting iconic? Who decides what art is worth? Why can't I touch artworks when I'm in a gallery? Check back weekly for new videos, and get involved in the comments below.

Narrated by Blanche Anderson.

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