The conversation between Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and Melinda Camber Porter (1953-2008) took place on December 18, 1983, when Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural drew crowds to Leo Castelli’s landmark SoHo Greene Street Gallery in downtown New York. Roy Lichtenstein describes to Melinda Camber Porter the many influences on his art from the Renaissance painters to Japanese art in terms of his brush strokes, perspective, and styles.
Melinda Camber Porter passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008 and she left a significant body of work in art, journalism, and literature. The Melinda Camber Porter Archive provides for the continuation and expansion of the ideas expressed in the publication of her many books of art, journalism, and literature (www.MelindaCamberPorter.com).
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About the Author
Melinda Camber Porter born in London and graduated from Oxford University with a First Class Honors degree in Modern Languages. She began her writing career in Paris as a cultural correspondent for The Times of London. French culture is the subject of her book Through Parisian Eyes (published by Oxford University Press), which the Boston Globe describes as "a particularly readable and brilliantly and uniquely compiled collection."
She interviewed many leading cultural figures in film and literature from Europe and American over her career. These included four Nobel Prize winners such as Saul Bellow and Gunter Grass, and many writers including Joyce Carol Oates, Joan Diddion, Roy Lichtenstein, Frances Sagan and film makers Michael Apted, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders, many others. Over fifty of Camber Porter's cultural interviews have audio recordings.
Her novel Badlands, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, was set on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and acclaimed by Louis Malle as "Better than a novel, it reads like a fierce poem, with a devastating effect on our self-esteem." and by Publishers Weekly as "a novel of startling, dreamlike lyricism."
Melinda Camber Porter leaves a prolific and creative legacy with thousands of paintings; over two hundred hours of audio and film interviews with global creative figures in the arts, film and literature; and her tens of thousands of pages of writings: novels, plays, essays, journalism and volumes of poetry. Her creative and spiritual works will be enjoyed for generations to come (www.MelindaCamberPorter.com).
Table of ContentsTable of Contents ix
Figure Illustrations xi
Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Roy Lichtenstein 1
The Melinda Camber Porter Archive
More Information 51
Birth of a Virgin (Lorenzetti),
Brancusi, Constantin, 11
brush strokes, 2-4, 6-7, 10, 17, 26
Camber Porter, Melinda, bio, 37-38
Camber Porter, Melinda, works and exhibitions, 39-47
cartoon paintings, 5,17
Collage for Water Lilies Tapestry (Lichtenstein), 20
commercial art, 6, 26
de Kooning, Willem, 2
fifties style, 8
Golf Ball painting, 16
Greene Street Mural (Lichtenstein), 8-9
Greene Street Mural, discussion of, 8-11
humor, in paintings, 6, 13, 24, 25
Indian works, 8
intellect vs. emotion, in paintings, 4-6
Is This What You Asked Of Me (Camber-Porter), 22
Japanese influence, 12-13, 18, 19
Malevich, Kazimir, 4
Mondrian, Piet, 4
Monet, Claude, 28
Mural with Blue Brushstroke (Lichtenstein), 19
New York City, as work environment, 29
objects, relationship to, 13-14
Picasso, Pablo, 11
Pollack, Jackson, 13
Pop Art, 13, 17
Rauschenberg, Robert, 13
Renaissance art, 21-23
Seven Apple Woodcut series, 17
sixties style, 15
thirties style, 9
Tokyo Brushstroke I (Lichtenstein), 14
Tokyo Brushstroke ll (Lichtenstein), 14
WPA (Works Progress Administration), 9