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Roy Lichtenstein: Little Big Painting

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 12:00 a.m.–Thursday, November 17, 2016, 10:59 p.m.
Location:  229C Contemporary
Toby's Gallery for Contemporary Art
Gallery 229

About The Event

Generous loan from the the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Roy Lichtenstein was a key member of Pop Art, the groundbreaking 1960s movement focused on popular culture and mass media, topics previously considered unworthy of fine art. Throughout his career, Lichtenstein emulated the Benday dots of printing processes used for newspapers and comic books, a signature style that is instantly recognizable. In 1965 Lichtenstein debuted a new series of paintings called Brushstrokes. In this painting, the most iconic of the series, he cleverly challenges Abstract Expressionism, mimicking the wild and free-form gestures of the 1950s art movement in a hypermechanical way. Ironically, there isn’t a brushstroke in sight. An essential critique of American culture and a significant achievement in itself, Little Big Painting reflects the importance of innovation.

Little Big Painting, 1965
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
Oil and acrylic on canvas; 68 × 80 in. (172.7 × 203.2 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 66.2. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

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