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Lichtenstein of the Week

One of the most exciting parts of this exhibition (at least, as far as I'm concerned) is the opportunity to see paintings together that haven't been in the same place in decades. Such is the case with Lichtenstein's series devoted to the artist's studio. Taking inspiration from Matisse, who also painted several versions of his studio in 1911, Lichtenstein created four paintings between 1973 and 1974 of a fictitious studio. But while the studio is not representative of his own, he did faithfully incorporate many of his previous paintings into the interiors. For example, a nearly life-size version of Look Mickey hangs in one painting (see above), while references to his explosions, entablatures, mirrors, and perfect/imperfect paintings populate others.

When he finished this series in 1974, the pieces were featured in a show at Leo Castelli, but haven't been in the same room until now.

Image credit: Roy Lichtenstein. Artist’s Studio No. 1 (Look Mickey), 1973. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton and the T.B. Walker Foundation, 1981.