ROY LICHTENSTEIN FROM 1961-63 @CRAIG F. STARR GALLERY Nov 15 – Jan 27, 2018

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ROY LICHTENSTEIN FROM 1961-63 @CRAIG F. STARR GALLERY Nov 15 – Jan 27, 2018

November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

ANNOUNCING ROY LICHTENSTEIN PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FROM 1961-63 AT CRAIG F. STARR GALLERY

November 15 – January 27, 2018

Craig F. Starr Gallery is pleased to present Roy Lichtenstein: 1961-63, on view from November 15, 2017 through January 27, 2018. The exhibition focuses on an important subset of Lichtenstein’s work, bringing together a selection of early paintings and drawings, which share commercial subject matter and a predominately black and white palette. The show will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and will include an essay by renowned art historian and critic Hal Foster.

In the spring of 1961, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) began to utilize the streamlined forms of American post-war consumer culture such as those found in newspaper and magazine advertisements. He furthered the symbolic potential of advertising imagery by amplifying, enhancing, and adjusting its rigid outlines and spare compositions. While the purpose of the commercial image was to efficiently depict, Lichtenstein’s intent was to make it “intensely unified (1). A formal unity not for its own sake, but one that served as an active counterpoint to his allegedly mercantile subject matter and style. In so doing, Lichtenstein disrupted traditional distinctions of high and low, and abstract and representational, by demonstrating that his low source imagery could serve the same goals as high painting, and vice versa (2). Lichtenstein complicated the industrially fabricated appearance of his found source imagery by conflating the handmade with the readymade. His images are comprised of multilayered media and techniques including drawing, copying, projection, tracing, stenciling, masking, scraping, and painting (3). Although these works appear to be mechanically reproduced and directly appropriated, they are in fact handmade representations, reworkings, of advertising’s supposedly straightforward representational style.

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(1) Lichtenstein, interview by Gene Swenson, “What is Pop Art?” part 1, Art News, November 1963.

(2) Hal Foster, “The Art of the Cliché,” Roy Lichtenstein: 1961-63, Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, p. 3.

(3) Tyne, Lindsey and Holben Ellis, Margaret, “Drawing Touch,” in Roy Lichtenstein: The Black and White Drawings, 1961-1968, pp. 53-61. (Exh. Cat. Morgan Library & Museum.] Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2010.

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November 15 @ 8:00 am
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January 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Craig F. Starr Gallery
5 East 73rd St
New York, NY 10021 United States
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