ROY LICHTENSTEIN | Two Paintings: Dagwood (Study)

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Castelli Gallery
ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Two Paintings: Dagwood (Study), 1983
Dated '83 on verso
Colored pencil, graphite pencil on paper
17.63 x 14.5 x 1.5 in.

$300,000

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) is a central figure of the Pop Art movement, which he helped create and define.

Born in New York City, he attended Franklin School for Boys and graduated in 1940. He studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League, New York and later that year enrolled in the College of Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus. His studies were interrupted by World War II, but he eventually returned to OSU to complete his degree and subsequently joined the faculty as an instructor. While teaching, he worked on his master’s degree and received it in 1949. He would go on to teach at Oswego and Rutgers/Douglass colleges until his success allowed him to work full time in his studio.

Leo Castelli gave Roy Lichtenstein his first solo show in 1962. On this occasion, Lichtenstein presented for the first time his iconic paintings that appropriate images from the media cartoons. This exhibition is now considered a milestone in the development of Pop Art.

In the 1970s Lichtenstein’s focus turned to creating paintings critically informed by the art styles of the early 20th century, like Surrealism and Expressionism. Lichtenstein constantly shifted subjects, and his work continued to evolve until in the late 1990s, when he created his series of Landscapes in the Chinese Style and a group of “virtual interiors.”

Roy Lichtenstein was also a visionary sculptor, inventing a unique method of representing objects in a nearly flat, bi-dimensional manner.

Lichtenstein’s work is included in all major museum collections around the world. Several surveys and retrospectives of his work have been organized, including two retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in 1969 and 1993; and Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which was organized in 2012 by the Art Institute of Chicago, and Tate Modern, London, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. A diversified version of this was subsequently shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Castelli Gallery continues to work in association with the Roy Lichtenstein family and Foundation.

Photo Credit: ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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