Roy Lichtenstein

Overview

Roy Lichtenstein made a tremendous impact on Modern art in the twentieth century. As a pioneer of Pop art, he was a key figure in the postwar tradition that brought American art to the forefront of the international scene. This new volume in the MoMA Artist Series, which explores important artists and favorite works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, guides readers through a dozen of the artist's most memorable achievements. A short and lively essay by Carolyn Lanchner, a former curator of painting ...
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Overview

Roy Lichtenstein made a tremendous impact on Modern art in the twentieth century. As a pioneer of Pop art, he was a key figure in the postwar tradition that brought American art to the forefront of the international scene. This new volume in the MoMA Artist Series, which explores important artists and favorite works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, guides readers through a dozen of the artist's most memorable achievements. A short and lively essay by Carolyn Lanchner, a former curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum, accompanies each work, illuminating its significance and placing it in its historical moment in the development of Modern art and the artist's own life. This volume provides a unique overview of someone who shaped the development of American art since mid-century and is an excellent resource for readers interested in the stories behind the masterpieces of the Modern canon.
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Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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: 9780870707704
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 998,920
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.20 (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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