Image Duplicator - Lobel, Michael - Yale University Press
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Yale Publications in the History of Art

Image Duplicator

Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art

  • Michael Lobel
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Roy Lichtensteinís distinctive paintings of the early 1960s are synonymous with the Pop art movement. These bold, oversized images inspired by newspaper advertisements and comic book scenes have been taken as reflecting the artistís fascination with the links between art and popular culture. In this highly readable and original book, Michael Lobel challenges this circumscribed view of Lichtensteinís work, offering a set of compelling new interpretations that reveal the artistís confrontation with a far wider range of issues. Lichtensteinís art is fundamentally engaged with a set of concerns central to art making in the postwar period: the relation between vision and technology, the possibility of articulating artistic identity, and the effect of mechanical reproduction on the work of art. Lichtensteinís project, Lobel argues, is structured by the tension between painting understood as a fully expressive, humanistic gesture and, conversely, as the product of a purely mechanical act.

This handsomely illustrated book makes available for the first time an array of archival materials about Lichtenstein and his work, including photographs of the artist and many newly discovered sources for his imagery in the comics and advertisements of the early 1960s. It also provides new information on the context of the artistís Pop paintings in relation to contemporary developments in advertising culture, mechanical reproduction, and visual technologies. Examining the artistís work from fresh perspectives, the author not only offers a comprehensive analysis of Lichtensteinís early Pop paintings but also provides new insight into the issues that shaped the Pop art movement, artistic practices in the 1960s, and the historical relation between modern art and popular culture.

Michael Lobel is assistant professor of art history at Bard College.