Celebrate the art of Roy Lichtenstein in Chicago

June 8, 2012 by  

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the exhibit Roy Lichtenstein: a Retrospective from May 16 to September 3. Admission to the Institute is $18 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and free for children 14 and under.

This exhibit is the largest exhibit ever mounted for the works of Roy Lichtenstein; it was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate Modern, London. It features over 160 of his works including sculptures, drawings and paintings. Lichtenstein is one of the most influential Pop artists of our time; his painting “Sleeping Girl” sold recently at Sotheby’s for $44.8 million. Like many of the Pop artists, Lichtenstein incorporated a lot of influences from advertising and comic books into his work; it has been said that his work blurs “the boundaries between low art and traditional” art.

A catalog, written and compiled by James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff, has been produced to accompany the exhibit. It features a chronology of his life, 130 of his paintings and sculpture, several never-before-seen drawings, several essays on his works and photographs of the artist drawings and covers all the periods of his art,. No doubt Chicago catalog printers played a part in creating this one-of-a-kind retrospective of one of our greatest artists. The catalog is 368 pages long and is available in hard cover for $65 or in soft cover for $45.

Anyone who enjoys modern art should definitely not miss the opportunity to see so many works of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.