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Roy Lichtenstein : brushstrokes : four decades
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997.
Publication Information:
New York : Mitchell-Innes & Nash, [2001]

Physical Description:
85 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, Nov. 1, 2001-Jan. 12, 2002.
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ND237.L627 A4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whiz! Bang! Pop! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein has rendered everything from a comic-book cell and a warplane to a country landscape and a turkey in his trademark style drawn from printed advertisements and cartoons. A master mixer of popular culture and high art, Lichtenstein's painterly use of Benday dots and heavy outlines turned oil paintings into something they had never before come close to. This catalogue chronicles the evolution of his brushstroke and painterly style from the late 50s through the 90s, complete with photographs of the artist at work, and reproductions of paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Critic and scholar Dave Hickey's highly original and compelling personal essay challenges the way we traditionally think about Lichtenstein's art.

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Library Journal Review

Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name mounted in New York City by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, the new representatives of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate, this catalog chronicles the genesis and evolution of Lichtenstein's reconstituted brushstroke. Hickey, a cult figure, author (The Invisible Dragon), and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, opens the catalog with an essay that, while somewhat presumptive in its interpretation of Lichtenstein's intentions, offers keen insights into the period in which the artist came of age. Hickey also reacquaints the reader with the wry wit and shrewd conceptualism of Lichtenstein's artistic transliterations. Denuded of all text, the catalog of plates following Hickey's essay appears to be geared toward encouraging aesthetic appreciation of Lichtenstein's work. However vivid and revelatory on their own, they would be better suited to researchers were titles and dates to appear beside each plate rather than at the book's end. Both exhibition and catalog unearth a body of previously undocumented artistic studies by Lichtenstein and therefore provide fertile but still largely uncharted territory for future scholarship. Recommended for collections focusing on modern art. Savannah Schroll, Smithsonian Institution Lib., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.