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October 27

Lichtenstein Exhibit

For their irony, sense of humor, and bright colors, posters of Roy Lichtenstein’s broadly accessible works grace many a gallery and even college dorm room wall.

Photo by flickr user "Pixel Addict / Toni"

1923: Pop Goes the Easel
Roy Lichtenstein is born in New York City
Roy Lichtenstein challenged many conventions about what constituted art. As a pop artist painting, stenciling, and drawing images inspired by advertisements and comics, then reproducing them closely but not exactly, he found worldwide fame as well as notoriety. Some critics claimed he was merely copying the work of others.

But Lichtenstein believed that his intent—to comment on how the mass media treated the same subjects he painted—separated him from the artists who created the original images. Lichtenstein was among those who experimented with Ben-Day, a printing process that combines two or more different small, colored dots to create a third color.
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