Tag: Roy Lichtenstein

  • Pop Goes Homosexual: It’s a Queer Hand Stoking the Campfire

    Andy Warhol in front of Cow Wallpaper in Vivian Gornick article

    Pop Goes Homosexual: It’s a Queer Hand Stoking the Campfire Last August there appeared on the cover of the magazine One a photograph of a young man dressed as an ancient Roman warrior in a toga and thonged sandal-shoes; on the floor beside his chair there stand a sword, a helmet, a shield. His hair […]

  • Sturtevant’s Imitation Game

    Art about “Art” too often exudes the dogma of religion. Whether one worships the crucifix or the canvas, salvation — or the hammer price at Sotheby’s — depends solely on faith and desire. Where there is no intrinsic value there is only judgment, which (at least on this mortal plane) is never final. But just […]

  • Pop Art Movement: On Roy Lichtenstein’s Three Landscapes

    However commonplace today, gallery video or film installations were once seen as blatantly vanguard—evidence of art’s forward march beyond the portable, static object. A bit of this history is excavated at the Whitney with the belated local premiere of painter Roy Lichtenstein’s sole excursion into motion pictures, the 1969 installation Three Landscapes. The alienated tropical […]

  • The Misbegotten Career of Roy Lichtenstein

    Roy Lichtenstein is the most overrated artist of the 20th century. Sure, he’s a crowd pleaser. His heroically scaled paintings of denizens from a disdained strata of American culture — tearful maidens, wisecracking fighter pilots, and other characters cribbed from comic books — hang in museums worldwide. A woman stares at an alarm clock, her […]

  • Still Rabble-Rousing

    Roy Lichtenstein said Robert Rauschenberg’s combines “marked the end of Abstract Expressionism and the return of the subject.” The combines are radical for the way they fuse painting, sculpture, and everyday objects. More importantly, they also instantly absorbed photography. This is the alchemical ingredient that saves the combines from being merely souped-up assemblage. As Lorenzo […]

  • Finders and Keepers

    When it comes to art, artists can be choosy. What they live with or what they like can be as interesting as the art they make—occasionally more so. Often their choices send a bolt of rejuvenating lightning through an overlooked or unknown object. Other times, their choices make you see their own work in new […]

  • School Daze

    For smug New Yorkers, the name New Jersey conjures up visions of urban blight, industrial wastelands, and placid suburbs. Who knew that, 40 years ago, New Brunswick was a hotbed of radical artistic activity? A show now at the Newark Museum resurrects the spirit of creation that once hovered over Rutgers University, where, in the […]