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Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Roy was born in New York. He studied at the Art Students' League, New York, and at Ohio State University, Columbus. He taught at Ohio State University, New York State University, Oswego and Rutgers University. He did his military service in Europe. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1951 and worked as a commercial artist until 1957. He painted parodies of American twenties' art such as Remington's cowboy-and-Indian scenes. He used elements of commercial art, comics and advertisements in his drawings and painting. He produced large format paintings for the New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair in New York. He was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1966, 1968 and 1970 and in 1967-68 he had a retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
Interior with Mirrored Wall
Stepping Out
Kitchen stove
Times Square Mural


Grrrrrrrrrrr!!, 1965
Oil and Magna on canvas
68 x 56 1/8 inches
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

In 1963 Roy Lichtenstein defended Pop art [more] against its critics, contending that “there are certain things that are usable, forceful, and vital about commercial art.” By choosing comic-book illustrations as a theme, and using simulated Benday dots to suggest cheap printing, Lichtenstein acknowledged (and perhaps questioned) the role of this popular form of entertainment in daily life. There is also an element of humor in creating fine art out of what has customarily been considered “low,” a playfulness that is equally evident in the onomatopoeic caption and bellicose expression of the dog in Grrrrrrrrrrr!!
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