Against Apartheid

Against Apartheid
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 78cm x W 60cm

Critical Review

Against Apartheid abandons Lichtenstein’s characteristic stenciled dots and paneled disposition. Instead, the work features imitations of abstract expressionist brushwork. As a result, the composition bears resemblance to Lichtenstein’s concurrent Brushstroke Faces and Paintings.

The enlarged bottom left corner of a bright yellow frame covers the majority of Against Apartheid’s pictorial plane. The cropped portrait is mounted on a stark black and white striped background. A muted explosion of contrasting green, grey, cream, and red coloured brushstrokes erupts within the frame. Lichtenstein intertwines his schematic sweeps and spontaneous gestural marks. The final impression of the image evokes in the viewer a feeling of incompleteness.

Against Apartheid was manufactured by the artist to raise awareness for a noble cause. The work benefitted Artists of the World, an organization established in cooperation with the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in South Africa.