Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

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The most iconic works of Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) are widely known, reproduced, copied, and even parodied. However, the true diversity and complexity of his oeuvre is little understood, and the full scope of his career is largely absent from the existing literature. Presenting over 130 paintings and sculptures, as well as over thirty seldom- or never-before-seen drawings and collages, this book examines all periods in Lichtenstein's career, going well beyond his brushstrokes and the classic Pop romance and ...

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Chicago 2012 Hard Cover 1 As New with no dust jacket 9780300179712. Presenting over 130 paintings and sculptures, as well as over thirty seldom-or never-before-seen drawings and ... collages, this book examines all periods in Lichtenstein's career, going well beyond his brushstrokes and the classic Pop romance and war cartoon paintings that made him famous. This is a large, heavy book and may require additional postage. The volume is in perfect, unmarked condition, still in its original shrink-wrap. AS NEW. Color Illustrations. 4to 11"-13" tall. 368 pp. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The most iconic works of Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) are widely known, reproduced, copied, and even parodied. However, the true diversity and complexity of his oeuvre is little understood, and the full scope of his career is largely absent from the existing literature. Presenting over 130 paintings and sculptures, as well as over thirty seldom- or never-before-seen drawings and collages, this book examines all periods in Lichtenstein's career, going well beyond his brushstrokes and the classic Pop romance and war cartoon paintings that made him famous.

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective features exciting new scholarship by an international team of distinguished curators, critics, and art historians. Essays by Yve-Alain Bois, Chrissie Iles, and Stephen Little, among others, give special consideration to Lichtenstein's historical influences, from Picasso and Cubism through Surrealism, Futurism, and British Pop. Contributions by James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff evaluate the artist's abstract work and late nudes. Complemented by photographs of the artist and his seminal exhibitions, the essays examine the various styles and subjects featured in paintings created throughout his lifetime. The inclusion of a complete chronology of Lichtenstein's life and work—compiled by Clare Bell of the Lichtenstein Foundation—makes this retrospective the most authoritative publication on the artist since his death in 1997.

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Released in conjunction with a retrospective exhibit, this critical survey presents Roy Lichtenstein as an artist who transcended subject matter in order to create a visual world both culturally prescient and deeply engaged with art history. Although widely regarded as a preeminent Pop artist, Lichtenstein's work and thematic concerns have received relatively slight critical attention; the nine essays collected here help remedy the situation, with every writer addressing a different mode or period of the artist's oeuvre. Focusing on seemingly small details, such as the blush of Mickey Mouse or Lichtenstein's engagement with Chinese landscapes, the essays manage without exception to clarify his diverse influences and contextualize him in the 20th century, while still complicating easy perceptions of his relation to politics, mass media, or art itself. This engaging academic attention is paired with generous reproductions of Lichtenstein's most famous works, as well as previously unseen rarities. The cohesive yet varied selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings smartly echo the critical insights, allowing works such as 1961's iconic "Look Mickey" to appear as fresh and as radical today as they were 50 years ago. An artist driven by the image, enraptured by the interaction of objects in visual space, Lichtenstein is presented anew through this essential survey, and his work given its rightful place at the center of modern art. Illus. & photos.
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Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the Fine Arts Category.
Library Journal
American painter and sculptor Roy Lichtenstein is best known as a progenitor of "classic" Pop Art in America, with his meticulously enlarged comic book cells—bowdlerized pastiches of tiny originals he appropriated from anonymous commercial artists. Wry and humorous while free of needless metaphorical weight, they epitomize the populism underpinning Pop and highlight abstract design characteristics hidden within banal source material. Although he has long been the recipient of ample critical attention, this handsome book by Rondeau (curator of contemporary art, Art Inst. of Chicago; Contemporary Collecting: The Donna and Howard Stone Collection) and Wagstaff (chief curator, Tate Modern; Juan Muñoz) is the most complete retrospective since the artist's death in 1997. More than 300 plates illustrating the arc of a prolific career are organized thematically rather than chronologically, reflecting a continuum of programmatic consistency throughout four decades of Lichtenstein's oeuvre. Some welcome emphasis is given to his later work, such as landscapes in the Chinese style, and nudes again in the mock-comic mode. Additionally, nine scholarly essays—many by Rondeau and Wagstaff—focus on more specific aspects within various periods of the artist's life. VERDICT This comprehensive, authoritative survey of a game-changing modernist is best suited to students of the postwar zeitgeist in the United States.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300179712
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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James Rondeau is chair and Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sheena Wagstaff is chief curator at Tate Modern, London.
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