July 28, 2017

Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

I was familiar with the graphic cartoon images of Roy Lichtenstein, but the current exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago definitely broadens one’s view of his career. Not only do you see his iconic painted images, but enamel on metal paintings, sculpture, a one minute movie of his images, even a tea cup he designed. Especially noteworthy are his drawings demonstrating that he was a skilled artist and not just merely riding the wave of pop culture. His big studio canvases featuring many of the images he used throughout his career were my personal favorites. Also of great interest were his re-interpretations of famous paintings such as Monet’s haystacks and works by modern masters such as Picasso, Mondrian and Matisse. The Institute has thoughtfully grouped his paintings chronologically and by theme. By the time we reach his late female nudes and his take on Asian landscapes, we feel a much deeper connection to who Lichtenstein was as an artist.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603-6404
(312) 443-3600
http://roy.artic.edu/

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