Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix

Crak!Roy Lichtenstein was a  master of appropriation. Applying a systematic approach to his creative energy,  the artist’s entire body of work was constructed following a sophisticated  strategy of image selection, reinterpretation and reissue.

Lichtenstein  developed a central creative principle that became a potent formula: an ability  to identify over-used cultural clichés and to repackage them as monumental remixes.

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix traces the artist’s print  projects from the 1950s to the 1990s, exploring how the artist appropriated,  transformed and remixed numerous art historical sources including Claude  Monet’s Impressionism, Max Ernst’s Surrealism and de Kooning’s Abstract  Expressionism.

Lichtenstein reinterpreted the work of these artistic giants and  significant art movements using an instantly recognisable graphic aesthetic,  effectively branding himself with a signature Lichtenstein look to secure  his place alongside those masters he so admired.

Slick, intelligent and  humorous, Lichtenstein’s remixes of romance and war comics, brushstrokes and  nude girls are among the best known Pop prints.

Roy  Lichtenstein: Pop remix is drawn from the extensive  collection of the artist’s prints at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Roy  Lichtenstein: Pop remix
National Gallery of Australia – Canberra
Exhibition continues to 27 January 2014
Free entry

For more information, visit: www.nga.gov.au/lichtenstein for details.

Image: Roy  Lichtenstein Crak! 1963-64 colour lithograph National Gallery of Australia,  Canberra Purchased 1996 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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