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© the estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2021. Photo credit: Tate

Whaam! 1963

Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997)


(b New York, 27 Oct. 1923; d New York, 29 Sept. 1997). American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. In the late 1950s his style was Abstract Expressionist, but in the early 1960s he changed to Pop art and his first one-man exhibition in this style, at the Leo Castelli gallery, New York, in 1962, was a sensational success. In common with other Pop artists, Lichtenstein adopted the images of commercial art, but he did so in a highly distinctive manner.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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