Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997
Considered one of the greatest artists of the Pop Art movement, Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He took watercolour classes at Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League. In 1940, Lichtenstein attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. However, his studies were interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted and sent to Europe for World War II. After his wartime service, he completed his undergraduate degree in fine arts. Lichtenstein briefly taught at Ohio State before moving to Cleveland and working as a window-display designer for a store, an industrial designer and commercial art-instructor.
In 1957, he moved back to upstate New York and and started incorporating hidden images of cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny into his abstract works. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His themes are based on printed imagery such as comics and advertisements. His works on paper are characterised by a use of bold colours and strong lines, which are heightened by his successful combinations of a variety of mediums such as linocut, etching, lithograph, woodcut and screenprint.
Lichtenstein was the first American to exhibit at the Tate Gallery in 1964 and his first museum retrospective was held at the Pasadena Art Museum in California in 1967. In 1995, Roy Lichtenstein was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
After the artist's death in 1997, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was established in 1999.
Roy Lichtenstein - Multiple Visions | Mudec, Milano1 May - 8 September 2019 September 8, 2019Mudec - Museum of Cultures pays tribute to one of the most important icons of the 20th Century art, Roy Lichtenstein, with the exhibition 'Roy...Read more
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective | Tate Modern, London21 February – 27 May 2013 May 13, 2013Tate's Retrospective showcases such key paintings as Look Mickey. 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental Artist's Studio series of 1973-4....Read more
Roy Lichtenstein, Nudes Series16 Feb - 30 Apr 2020Based on 'Love' and 'Girl' comic-book illustrations, not live models, Nudes Series published in 1994 were artist's first images of the subject. Soon thereafter he explored the theme in his paintings. The series, which consist of six images and three states, also contains iconographic references to others of his earlier works: The Mirrors, Imperfects, Waterlilies, and Interiors.Read more
Nude Series comprise of nine screenprints were produced at Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York and are recorded in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné of the artist's prints (Corlett). As well as using hand-cut stencils to produce his trademark Benday dots in irregularly shaped pieces, Lichtenstein employed computer-generated dye-cut stencils, produced by Swan Engraving, for some of the areas of dots and patterns in these prints.
Roy Lichtenstein10 - 31 Jan 2012In the final years of his life, Lichtenstein took up the theme of the nude - one of the major subjects in the history of visual art - and it...Read more
London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy30 Apr 2020The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) provides an unrivalled opportunity to view and buy original prints spanning five centuries, from top international dealers, galleries and studios. LOPF's convivial atmosphere in the Royal Academy's Main Galleries provides the perfect setting in which to engage with the 50 exhibitors, who offer a wealth of specialist knowledge for new and experienced collectors alike. Artists include old and modern masters, from Rembrandt and Canaletto to Whistler, Matisse and Picasso. Prints by today's leading artists are also for sale, including works by celebrated Royal Academician...Read more