During the same fertile period that Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Brushstrokes and Explosions series, he designed a poster for New York City’s Lincoln Center, taking as his inspiration architecture and design of the 1920s and 1930s. Thus began a series of paintings and sculpture between 1966 and 1971 that parodied the style of Art Deco, or “Cubism for the Home,” as Lichtenstein ironically put it.
The funky Modern Sculpture pieces featured here were produced between 1967 and 1968 and recreate the Art Deco motifs found in concert halls and movie theaters of the 1930s. As the wall text puts it, Lichtenstein “humorously stylized an already-stylized style,” using the same brass and ornamentation that typify classic Art Deco.
In all of his sculptural work—from his black-and-white ceramics of the mid-1960s to the female busts and public art pieces of the 1990s—Lichtenstein plays with perspective by adding two-dimensional elements to three-dimensional surfaces. The Modern Sculpture works are almost flat, built it seems to be viewed from one perspective. The most extreme example of Lichtenstein’s approach to three-dimensional objects would be his Ben-Day dotted female busts, where he covers the faces of his trademark blondes with dots that look almost like measles.
Most of Lichtenstein's Modern Sculpture works have not been on view for years. See them at Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective before the exhibition closes September 3.
4 hours 41 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Splash previews Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, a retrospective on the Bauhaus designer who also made his mark in Chicago—opening at the Art Institute October 2.
7 hours 3 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
Explore the evolution of the modern chair in the 20th century with iconic examples from makers like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and Harry Bertoia, among others.
THE MODERN CHAIR—http://bit.ly/2dD4Xy0
1 day 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.