The world doesn’t seem to get enough of Roy Lichtenstein. In London, the “Lichtenstein: a retrospective” exhibition at Tate Modern is an ongoing huge success, attracting record number of visitors. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern the show brings together 125 of pop icon’s most definitive paintings and sculptures, 16 years after the artist’s death.
Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was a prominent American pop artist. During the 1960s, his paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City and, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, and others he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody.
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Favoring the old-fashioned comic strip as subject matter, Roy Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described Pop Art as, “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.
In 1960, he started teaching at Rutgers University where he was heavily influenced by Allan Kaprow, who was also a teacher at the university. This environment helped reignite his interest in Proto-pop imagery. In 1961, Lichtenstein began his first pop paintings using cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial printing. This phase would continue to 1965, and included the use of advertising imagery suggesting consumerism and homemaking. His first work to feature the large-scale use of hard-edged figures and Ben-Day dots was Look Mickey (1961, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). This piece came from a challenge from one of his sons, who pointed to a Mickey Mouse comic book and said; “I bet you can’t paint as good as that, eh, Dad?” In the same year he produced six other works with recognizable characters from gum wrappers and cartoons.
In 1961, Leo Castelli started displaying Lichtenstein’s work at his gallery in New York. Lichtenstein had his first one-man show at the Castelli gallery in 1962; the entire collection was bought by influential collectors before the show even opened. A group of paintings produced between 1961-1962 focussed on solitary household objects such as sneakers, hot dogs, and golf balls. In September 1963, he took a leave of absence from his teaching position at Douglass College at Rutgers.
|1923||Born: New York City (October 27)|
|1940||Studied at the Art Students League, New York|
|1946||B.F.A. Ohio State University|
|1949||M.F.A. Ohio State University|
|1995||National Medal of the Arts|
|1997||Dies: New York, NY (September 29)|
|Robert Indiana Love Indiana is a world renowned Pop artist. He is part of the American Pop masters group which comprises: Andy Warhol (as the king of Pop), Lichtenstein, Haring, JM Basquiat. Indiana is 87 years old and really the last one of that group and period to still be alive.Walton Fine Arts have specialised in the work of Robert Indianafor over two decades, and continue to be the main specialists of his edition works in Europe. It only seems normal to think that, with such a well acclaimed artist, that now would be the best time to buy and invest in his works. With collectors for over 50 years globally and his works being shown in the top museums globally, good works are already becoming scarce.With hand signed limited editions custom framed to museum standards starting from £3,000 it makes great sense to start now.
Love – The Book of Love
12 oil screen prints in colours. Hand signed, numbered limited edition of 200 and dated ’96’ in pencil by the artist. Plus 12 Love embossed poems, hand signed and numbered. Available as a full set & also some available individually with their poem.
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Robert Indiana Biography