Monday, July 02, 2012

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

Untitled Abstraction
"I knew I'd sniff fall apart without Brad . . ."
Roy Lichtenstein
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 . . .

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At 3:45 AM, Blogger Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein said...

The Story Behind The Story
David Barsalou MFA

At 3:52 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Mr. Barsalou, you ought to do the courtesy of at least appending a comment to your self-advertisement, and also take the time to link correctly, as I painstakingly explain under "Leave your comment."

Normally, I'd now set up the links for you, but since you didn't bother to comment on my post, I won't bother to offer you any help.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be careful too Jeffery being there's so many beer drinkers read here.

Indeed, if David's bar's a loo, he should've at minimum left a comment concerning his personal hygiene.


At 4:32 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Nice wordplay, JK!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy peasy akchurly... look at David's ™ turn-about's fair play ain't it?


At 6:45 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hmmm . . . I see his academic credentials describe him to a "T."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not go to "academic credentials" okay?

"Credentials" you understand (perhaps) equalling expert, and thus unquestionable.

Then - just under the reproduction you've chosen:

"I knew I'd sniff fall apart without Brad . . ."

The "apparent response" (now aware one's blog is being reproduced, [dhul] leaves open the copyright being argued) Google promises copyright does it not? Blogger Team perhaps?

The dates. Pesky International Date Line (too bad the world is round). Beer of course but then Professor Jeff, JK's view of such stuff more than likely irrational.

But then, JK had to pee and forgot to give a "Thank You Very Much" to the Nemec folks [and the Hearty Hale] of Eureka's "Dairy Hollow."

Beer most likely is JK's equivalent of an STD. Could've of course been a Neecie - didn't happen though.


At 12:44 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Not even the implications of M.F.A.? I thought that was a nice wordplay, too.

Jeffery Hodges

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