When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-colour portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned.
Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-colour Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils.
American, 1923–1997, based in New York and Southampton-New York
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Roy Lichtenstein. Nevertheless, the artist’s legacy only...