Roy Fox Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody.
Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923, in New York City, the first of two children born to Milton and Beatrice Werner Lichtenstein. Milton Lichtenstein (1893–1946) was a successful real estate broker, and Beatrice Lichtenstein (1896–1991), a homemaker, had trained as a pianist, and she exposed Roy and his sister Rénee to museums, concerts and other aspects of New York culture. Roy showed artistic and musical ability early on: he drew, painted and sculpted as a teenager, and spent many hours in the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. He played piano and clarinet, and developed an enduring love of jazz, frequenting the nightspots in Midtown to hear it.
Marlborough is to present Selected Works from the Collection of Holly Solomon 1968-1981 curated by Thomas Solomon. The exhibition documents new directions in contemporary American art and illuminates how collector, gallerist and early supporter of some of the 20th century’s leading artists, Holly Solomon embarked on building an art collection reflecting one of the most radical periods of change in modern art.
If art is all about movements, then there aren’t many bigger than Contemporary and Pop Art. The early 20th century provided us with some truly iconic pieces, and many of them were associated with some of the most prolific artists in history that could be placed under the Contemporary and Pop Art umbrellas.
Roy Lichtenstein deflated the macho mystique of American art and produced some of the most recognisable work on the planet. But does he go any deeper than surface gloss? Adrian Searle joins the dots at a new Tate Modern retrospective