Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) Along with his Pop peer, Andy Warhol, Roy gave visual expression to the ironic and freeze-dried zeitgeist of the 1960s and 1970s. His stylized world of commercial imagery and primary color changed the landscape of American art. He forced a reassessment of what was vulgar and serious, satire and homage, mechanical and handmade. He also prefigured the appropriation of future generations of artists such as Richard Pettibone, Richard Prince and Jeff Koons. Roy Lichtenstein studied under Reginald Marsh and Hoyt L. Sherman. He worked briefly as an engineer before obtaining teaching positions at the State University of New York, Oswego and Douglass Residential College, a division of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There he met artists Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, and Robert Whitman, all of whom were experimenting with different kinds of art based on everyday life and far afield from the work of Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Mark Rothko. In 1961 Lichtenstein began scavenging advertisements and comics like ''Winnie Winkle,'' ''G.I. Combat'' and ''Secre...