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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Deceptive House of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein - House I
model 1996, fabricated 1998
fabricated and painted aluminum

The house is changing its shape as you move in front of her. A great creation of Roy Lichtenstein, on view in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Roy Lichtenstein is best known for the pop paintings based on advertisements and comic strips that he made in the 1960s. He also produced a significant body of sculpture, including large-scale works designed for the outdoors. House I incorporates the hallmarks of the artist's style: crisp, elemental drawing, heavy black outlines, and a palette based on primary colors. Whereas most of the artist's sculpture approximates freestanding paintings in relief rather than volumetric structures in the round, some of his late sculpture, such as House I, exploits the illusionistic effects of a third dimension. The side of the house at once projects toward the viewer while appearing to recede into space (NGA).

(Washington DC National Gallery of Art)

(Contemporary Art)



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