Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
"I knew I'd sniff fall apart without Brad . . ."
New York Times
Ted Loos reports in the NYT that "Lichtenstein's Gatekeeper Uses Her Key" (June 28, 2012) to open the gateway for "'Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,' a major exhibition of work by the artist, who died in 1997, on view at the Art Institute of Chicago until Sept 3," and if I can play loose with my words, I'll leave them mostly up to Loos in my first and second paragraphs even if this results in some slight awkwardness.
The title's "Gatekeeper" refers to Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist's wife, whose private collection of her husband's work includes many drawings, so the exhibition's "focus on drawings [has] pleased Ms. Lichtenstein . . . because they 'show Roy's hand more' and make clear that he wasn't just an artist who appropriated from comic books, but a master of composition in his own right."
The works certainly surprised me. I was one of those who thought that Lichtenstein painted only tongue-in-cheek cartoon art, like this one titled "Drowning Girl" that depicts a girl so distraught over being jilted that she won't even call out to her ex-boyfriend for help, preferring, apparently, a sea-change:
But as the work at the top of this blog post shows, Lichtenstein was also an abstract expressionist -- and even in some paintings influenced by Picasso.
I learn something new every day . . .