Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein

Ed. Fondation Beyeler, foreword by Ernst Beyeler, Markus Brüderlin, text(s) by Jack Cowart

German, English

2001. 120 pp., 83 ills.


24.50 x 30.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1113-5

Roy Lichtenstein is considered one of the main protagonists of Pop Art - a direction in art which intended to replace Abstract Expressionism with a new realism, seemingly taking over the banal aesthetics of consumerism into its pictures one by one. A closer look at Lichtenstein´s work reveals, however, that his tribute to everyday aesthetics is ambiguous: Lichtenstein searched the trivial world of images of the mass print media and picked out suitable subjects according to visual criteria, in order to then translate them into pieces of independent painting. The subtle, often labor-intensive processing of his models and his efforts to "suppress the subject" in order to "bring out the painting" - as he put it himself - testify to this. And indeed, in Lichtenstein´s oeuvre periods in which the 'cool' realism of the technologically produced print-media is in the foreground alternate with those in which his passion for painting dominates. With a text by John Cowart, a long-time acquaintance of the artist, and works from all of Lichtenstein´s creative periods since the beginning of the sixties, this book sheds light on his interest in the essence of painting.

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