Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein

Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein

Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein by Charlie Parker

On Lines and Colors I found a post about Roy Lichtenstein by Charlie Parker. Now I did a small amount of study on Lichtenstein for my high school art, and of course have seen him reproduced in numerous modern art books. I never gave a thought to where Lichtenstein sourced his images from. I had assumed that he created them. Rather it is the opposite. Apparently he plagiarised the images from existing artworks with out even crediting the original artists. Now here comes the insult. Because the original art was “comic book” (ahem, graphic novel as we call it today) it was never considered artwork by the art snobs anyway, Lichtenstein then “elevates” it to the level of art, all with out due credit.

The original article points out that there is now a book which shows you all of the original sources that Lichtenstein lifted “his” artwork from.

I must say I view Lichtenstein in another light now, and that being rather dim.

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