Where else to start but the beginning? Among the earliest works in Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (open now to members and May 22 to the public) are paintings from the late 1950s that iterate Lichtenstein's exploration into the dominant style of the time, Abstract Expressionism. This post-war style—think Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko—was characterized by gestural brushstrokes, emotional disclosure, the illusion of spontaneity, and generally abstracted subject matter...not exactly the hallmarks of Lichtenstein's mature work. The room reminds us that artists don't magically arrive at their signature style, but work through different ideas to find their own voice.
Lichtenstein went on to create his first Pop painting, Look Mickey, in 1961, so he wasn't long for this type of painting, but he did return to the brushstroke much later in his career. Stay tuned...
2 days 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory
2 days 8 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Time machines, superheroes, wild creatures, and more… JourneyMaker makes every visit to the museum an adventure.
Try this new digital interactive for families in the museum’s Ryan Learning Center, located in the Modern Wing, or print out a tour at home.
3 days 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today marks the autumn equinox and the official end of summer. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the latest in ARTicle’s Sound and Vision series, matching songs from around the world with our encyclopedic collection.