Taking inspiration from some of his art historical idols including Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, Lichtenstein embarked on a series of female nudes late in his career. But unlike these artists, Lichtenstein did not work with models. Rather, he looked back to his comic archives—the blondes in this painting came from the DC comics Girls’ Romances of 1963 and 1965.
However, the appropriations vary quite a bit from the iconic 1960s comic book paintings. Instead of drawing from just one panel, these girls came from multiple panels, perhaps explaining the differences in scale. There’s also the notion of apparel…or lack thereof. These girls were fully clothed in the source material and disrobed by Lichtenstein. Like Picasso and the early modernists, he embraced the female figure, one of the most enduring art historical subjects. Lichtenstein also still used his signature ben-day dots, but in a much different way. These dots are much less contained; they extend beyond the figures’ outlines, becoming an independent part of the composition as opposed to a mechanism used to create color.
Lichtenstein began the series in 1994 and finished in 1997, the year of his death. However, we do know that he considered this body of work complete. The final painting in the series, Interior with Nude Leaving, shows the back of a female form leaving the room, signifying the end.
6 hours 52 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
8 hours 44 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 4 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