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Title: Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition Poster
Authors: Lichtenstein, Roy
Keywords: Rhodes Art Collection;Images
Issue Date: 1965
Publisher: Printed by Castelli Graphics, pub. (America, New York City, New York) ca. 1964
Memphis, Tenn. : Art Department, Rhodes College
Abstract: Exhibition poster shows a yellow brush stroke against blue Ben-Day dots. Text below the image reads "Roy Lichtenstein - November 20 - December 16, 1965 - Leo Castelli 4E. 77 NY." The poster is glued to a board and encased in clear plastic that is taped to the board in the back. The back is marked "LICHTENSTEIN 1966" in blue pen. Artist biography: Roy Fox Lichtenstein was an American pop artist and a leading figure, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, of the new movement during the 1960s. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody, as he favored the comic strip whenever possible. He produced hard-edged, precise compositions that possess a tongue-in-cheek humor. Lichtenstein left New York to study at Ohio State University, which offered studio courses and a degree in fine arts. He left for a three-year stint in the army during and after World War II. He served as an orderly, draftsman, and artist. He was discharged with eligibility from the G.I. Bill and returned to study in Ohio under Hoyt L. Sherman. He was hired as an art instructor when he entered the graduate program at Ohio State, a post he served on and off for the next ten years. In 1949, he received his M.F.A degree from the university. He had his first solo exhibition in 1951 at the Carlebach Gallery in New York. During his six years living in Cleveland, his work fluctuated between Cubism and Expressionism. His work was heavily influenced by popular advertising and the comic book. His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City. In 1961 Castelli started displaying Lichtenstein's work at the gallery, and Lichtenstein had his first one-man show at the Castelli gallery in 1962. The entire collection was bought by collectors before the show even opened. A group of paintings produced between 1961-1962 focused on solitary household objects, such as sneakers, hot dogs, and golf balls. He used oil and early acrylic paint in his best known works, such as Drowning Girl (1963), which was appropriated from the lead story in DC Comics' Secret Hearts #83. In the early 1960s Lichtenstein reproduced masterpieces by Cezanne, Mondrian, and Picasso before beginning the Brushstroke series in 1965, mocking the work of Pollock and other Action Painters.
Description: Artwork photographed by Hannah Gysin '12, Rhodes Student Associate in the Visual Resource Center, in 2010. Artwork photographed and inventoried by Christian Wiggs '18, Rhodes Student Associate for the Visual Resources Center on June 10, 2015.
Appears in Collections:Rhodes College Collection of Art

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