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Lichtenstein

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
US$ 16
Edition: English
Availability: January 2022
Meet the pioneer of Pop art in this introduction to Roy Lichtenstein, whose high-impact cartoon-based images exploded onto the art scene at the end of the 1950s and transformed the notion of fine art forever. Appropriating the form and content of mass media, Lichtenstein reveled in American consumer culture while elevating it for critique at the same time.

The Pop Star

When art went Whaam!
American painter Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) pioneered a new epoch in American art, bursting onto a scene dominated by Abstract Expressionism in late 1950s New York and defining a new art vocabulary for a new era.

With his groundbreaking use of industrial production techniques and trivial, quotidian imagery such as cartoons, comic strips, and advertising, Lichtenstein joined contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist to reflect and satirize American mass media and consumer culture. Works such as Look, Mickey! (1961), Drowning Girl (1963), and Whaam! (1963) deployed mass production techniques, particularly Ben-Day dots printing, to create a blow-up effect and pixelated “dot” style, with which Lichtenstein has become synonymous.

This book provides an essential overview of Lichtenstein’s career, tracing his earliest Pop statements through to later “brushstroke” retorts to Abstract Expressionism and reinterpretations of modern masterpieces. We look at his leading position in midcentury modernism, and the ways in which his works both critique and chronicle 20th-century America.
The author

Janis Hendrickson studied art history at Smith College and gained her doctorate in Hamburg under Martin Warnke. She is presently a writer and curator.

Lichtenstein
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-3207-5
Edition: English
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  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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