Roy Lichtenstein: Classic of the New

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Blondes, beds, and black-and-white works sum up this selection of Roy Lichtenstein's series, based on an exhibition mounted at Vienna's famous Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2005. This substantial catalogue contains 80 essential color reproductions, some in high-quality foldouts, under three thematic groupings: early black-and-white works of the 60s; the woman as motif in his paintings from the 60s, 70s, and 80s; and his interiors, especially those from the 90s. Leading scholars in the field, including Michael Lobel and ...
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2005 Cloth New in Fine Condition jacket 245 pp., 100 illustrations 80 in color. Still in its original shrinkwrap. First edition. Photographic essay by Bob Adelman. Published on ... the occasion of the exhibition from June 15-September 4, 2005. Read more Show Less

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Blondes, beds, and black-and-white works sum up this selection of Roy Lichtenstein's series, based on an exhibition mounted at Vienna's famous Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2005. This substantial catalogue contains 80 essential color reproductions, some in high-quality foldouts, under three thematic groupings: early black-and-white works of the 60s; the woman as motif in his paintings from the 60s, 70s, and 80s; and his interiors, especially those from the 90s. Leading scholars in the field, including Michael Lobel and Avis Berman, newly illuminate the Pop master's oeuvre in the context of this juxtaposition of early and late periods. Also included are studio photographs, some of which have never been published before, and finally, a biography and bibliography related specifically to the exhibition themes.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published to accompany a retrospective on this founding practitioner of Pop Art at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum, this volume traces the development of the artist's unique comic-book style--a style that began in the early 1960s as a deadpan appropriation of mannered, commercial iconography and has since evolved into a versatile, signature style with seemingly endless permutations and possibilities. Profusely illustrated, patterned around themes in Lichtenstein's work and in rough chronological order, the book provides valuable insight into his creative method. Waldman, deputy director of the Guggenheim, explores Lichtenstein's source materials, those images in advertising, comics and consumer iconography that he manipulates into images that are utterly his own. Looking at the ``found'' image alongside Lichtenstein's oil painting, one discerns how the artist distills the image, changing the particular into the archetypal, so that in Girl with Ball (1961), a photograph of a young woman tossing a beachball in an ad for a resort becomes a trope for an advertising-driven, youth-obsessed culture. In several series, Lichtenstein has used the leveling quality of his style to parody the art-making process itself. Most pointedly, in the Brushstroke paintings (1965-1966), his caricatures of dripping, slashing brushstrokes spoof the high drama and inner turmoil of the Abstract Expressionists. (Jan.)
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Lichtenstein's benday dots, used to create pop and comic figures, have always looked and felt larger than life, and it's for this reason that the artist has become part of the Modern Masters pantheon. In this publication, the catalog for a major retrospective of Lichtenstein's work, Guggenheim Museum curator Waldman draws a compelling portrait of his achievements. Lichtenstein knew his art history, and his intelligence suffuses the ready wit apparent in his paintings and sculpture; the chronological account shows his early interest in comic strips and advertising blossoming into an enduring painterly form of commentary. Waldman's unlimited access to the artist and to works from public and private collections results in an impressive journey through Lichtenstein's career, with references to philosophy, technique, social contexts, and the artistic world. With its 350 fine illustrations, all in color, this work will interest both specialists and the lay public. Highly recommended.-- Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783883759654
  • Publisher: Konig, Walther
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Early Years 1
2 Cliches into Icons: Early Pop Pictures 19
3 Comic Strips and Advertising Images 45
4 War Comics, 1962-64 91
5 Girls, 1963-65 111
6 Landscapes, 1964-69 129
7 Brushstrokes, 1965-66 149
8 Art Deco and Modern, 1966-70 165
9 Mirrors, 1969-72, and Entablatures, 1971-76 181
10 Still Lifes, 1972-76 205
11 Futurism, Surrealism, and German Expressionism, 1974-80 235
12 The 1980s 261
13 Interiors, 1991-93 299
14 Sculpture, 1965-93 313
15 Murals, 1964-93 345
Chronology 363
Bibliography 377
Index of Reproductions 392
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