Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein achieved prominence through his innovative use of cartoon and comic book imagery in large-scale paintings and sculpture. Like fellow artist Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein began his career as a commercial artist. This experience influenced his later paintings, prints, and sculptures, which drew on images from pop culture, such as comics and advertisements.
This exhibition gathers five of Lichtenstein’s early artworks from the 1960s to the early 1970s, bringing important loans together with works from the Crystal Bridges collection. Seen together, the works also reveal an artist breaking down traditional barriers between high art and mass media, a defining characteristic of Pop art.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Roy Lichtenstein (MoMA Artist Series) covers 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 MOMA, 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. 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.