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Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1985
Born Oct. 27, 1923 in NYC; grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. Died Sept. 29, 1997 in NYC.
...a chief exponent of Pop Art. In his early years he specialized in using comic-book and advertising imagery as the basis for his paintings. In the 1980s he began to scale up expressionistically painted sketches which he would then proceed to paint with precisionist detail.
Roy Fox Lichtenstein was a pop artist from America whose works, in comic strip style, portray the shallowness of the culture prevalent in contemporary American life. With bright, loud colors and techniques closely related to the printing industry, he paradoxically integrated the bulk-produced emotions through consumerism into classy references to art history and famous works of artists from the bygone centuries, depicting the frivolity of today’s era in the harsh contrasting background of the sophisticated artistic contexts. Lichtenstein is one of the two most recognized names in pop art, for his work had the queer mixture of sardonic sense of humor and careful technique.... inspired by artists like Allan Kaprow, Russ Heath, Degas, Irv Novick, etc. Taught art at Rutgers University after finishing his MFA from Ohio University. He had a brief history of working as a draftsman in the army during World War II, an experience that he often included in his artistic depictions. He worked tirelessly, producing masterpieces of revolutionized paintings and sculptures, sometimes even working for 10 hours straight in his studio, yet he considered his creative products not important enough to the world of ‘art’.