Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

About the Exhibition

Pop art was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). In the first major exhibition since his death in 1997, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective includes more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career are ...

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Pop art was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). In the first major exhibition since his death in 1997, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective includes more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career are presented along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. This retrospective presents Lichtenstein's expansive legacy, including the classic early pop paintings based on advertisements and comic-book treatments of war and romance, his versions of paintings by the modern masters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in the Chinese Style. Over the course of his career, Lichtenstein's work has been the subject of more than 240 solo exhibitions, the last full survey having been organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1993.

"With his unique combination of technical invention, deadpan humor, and cultural daring, Roy Lichtenstein moved the line between commercial and fine art and changed the way we look at our world. It is impossible to imagine contemporary art without his signature dots. We are delighted to be able to honor the career of this iconic artist with this major exhibition," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "This retrospective will allow our visitors to revisit Lichtenstein's familiar works and examine those rarely seen. Given his use of art history in so much of his work, the exhibition at the Gallery puts this 20th-century master in a broader context."

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Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

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By James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff, with contributions by Clare Bell, Yve-Alain Bois, Iria Candela, Harry Cooper, Sara Doris, Chrissie Iles, James Lawrence, and Stephen Little

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective features exciting new scholarship by an international team of distinguished curators, critics, and art historians. Essays by Yve-Alain Bois, Chrissie Iles, and Stephen Little, among others, give special consideration to Lichtenstein's historical influences, from Picasso ...

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Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective features exciting new scholarship by an international team of distinguished curators, critics, and art historians. Essays by Yve-Alain Bois, Chrissie Iles, and Stephen Little, among others, give special consideration to Lichtenstein's historical influences, from Picasso and cubism through surrealism, futurism, and British pop, and his early contributions to pop art. Contributions by James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff evaluate the artist's abstract work and late nudes. Complemented by photographs of the artist and his seminal exhibitions, the essays examine the various styles and subjects featured in paintings created throughout his lifetime. The inclusion of a complete chronology of Lichtenstein's life and work compiled by Clare Bell of the Lichtenstein Foundation makes this retrospective the most authoritative publication on the artist since his death in 1997.

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  • Available in hardcover or softcover
  • 368 pages, 172 color plates, 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Published: 2012


Editorial Reviews

"Engaging . . . generous reproductions [and] critical insights . . . Lichtenstein is presented anew through this essential survey, and his work given its rightful place at the center of modern art.” —Publishers Weekly

"This handsome book . . . is the most complete retrospective since the artist’s death in 1997 . . . [a] comprehensive, authoritative survey of a game-changing modernist.”—Douglas F. Smith, Library Journal

 

Awards

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the Fine Arts Category