Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein is one of my all time favorite artists. Hands down, he's one of the most talented artists to come out of the pop art movement. His keen eye for perspective and his ability to create a comic book scene out of anything, even a paint brush stroke, made him one of the most famous artists within the pop art scene. Though critics were highly dismissive of Lichtenstein and his replications of comic book scenes, when he moved on to his own subjects his artistic ability and sense of humor brought him great notoriety.

Though he is often known for his paintings, Lichtenstein also did many sculptures, all in the pop art style. Some are still on display worldwide, permanent installations that are often satirical in nature. The above sculpture was originally titled "Us Looking at a Girl Looking at a Yellow Cup" which is a great example of Lichtenstein's sense of humor. Eventually it was retitled "Woman Contemplating a Yellow Cup". Either way, I love the perspective of the sculpture because it's fairly out of character- both for the artist and the comic book world. Notice the Picasso-esque pop art painting in the frame on the wall?

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