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Banner IV

Banner IV
Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1968
Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 240cm x W 235cm

Critical Review

Banner IV’s composition is set on a striking yellow backdrop. Dense areas of black and white Ben Day dots, and red, white, and cream coloured swirling elements populate the canvas. Banner IV was conceived entirely in the spirit of Lichtenstein’s newfound referential mode of expression. As such, the work is a fusion of abstracted stylistic conventions appropriated from various modern movements. Banner IV draws first and foremost on the fundamentals of Cubism and Constructivism, setting a precedent for Lichtenstein’s later Modern Head series.

Additionally, the sleek image conjoins diverse shapes adapted from facade ornamentation and interior design. More specifically, the print blends patterns and forms borrowed from the streamlined art deco style of the 1930s. The busy picture plane balances vertical and diagonal lines against curves and straight geometrical edges. As a result, the work ultimately captures an interplay between dynamic versus static elements.