Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective [Some early masterpieces]

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
Temporary Exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.
May 22 to September 3, 2012
The exhibition is organized by
the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, London.
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.
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective...
The Exhibition includes about 170 works by Roy Lichtenstein between 1950 to 1997. It focusses on his painting, sculpture and drawing. It is the first major retrospective to broadly examine his art since his death.

Roy Lichtenstein [American, 1923 - 1997]
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City in October 1923.  In 1960 Lichtenstein was appointed Assistant Professor at Douglas College at Rutgers University of New Jersey. This put him in contact with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Lucas Samaras and George Segal. These contacts created his interest in Pop imagery..

Look Mickey
 1961 /Oil on canvas
[Look Mickey, I've hooked A Big One]

The Ring [Engagement]
1962 / Oil on canvas

1962 / Oil on canvas
[Why, Brad Darling, this painting is a masterpiece!
My, soon you'll have all of New York clamouring for your work]

Takka Takka
1962 / Oil on canvas
[The exhausted soldiers, sleepless for five and six days at a time,
always hungry for decent chow, suffering from tropical fungus infections,
 kept fighting! Takka Takka..]

1962/ Oil on canvas
[As I started clipping a MIG's tail
This hot-shot jet outfit I'm in will treat me
like a vet pilot when I return from my No.1 wingding
 with a report of... target destroyed]

Torpedo .. LOS!
1963 / Oil on canvas

Drowning Girl
1963 / Oil and Magna on canvas
[I don't care! I'd rather sink than call Brad for help!]

Cold Shoulder
1963 / Oil and Magna on canvas

Oh, Jeff... I Love You, Too... But...
1964/ Oil and Magna on canvas

Ohh... Alright...
1964 / Oil and Magna on canvas

1965 / Oil and Magna on canvas
[M-Maybe he became ill and coudn't leave the studio]

Hi signature style,  Ben-Day dots, lettering and speech balloons.
NOTE: Ben-Day Dots are absent in his early works.
[Ohh.. Alright, and M-Maybe has BenDay Dots]


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