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Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1976
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 100cm x W 71cm

Critical Review

This enlarged cartoon illustration was designed to fit the layout of a single-panel comic. Depicting three scenes merged into one, Lichtenstein’s print employs a precise and calculated commercial aesthetic. The colours and outlines are flat, smooth, and unmodulated. The print depicts a closely cropped table setting with a cup of coffee at its centre. Two conjoined textual elements hover above the scene, announcing “Huh? I say no.” and “Make sure!”.

Huh follows in the footsteps of Lichtenstein’s Two Paintings: Dagwoodfrom his Paintings series,as it presents a fractured pictorial plane and an incomplete narrative. The fragmented composition provokes intrigue, tempting the viewer to pursue further investigation. The work pays tribute to the mass-produced perfection of its source material. At the same time, Huh also functions as a reaction against the pretensions of art history.Lichtenstein refines and enlarges his cartoon shapes to fit a fine art context, obscuring the border between high and low culture.