I Love Liberty

I Love Liberty
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 98cm x W 69cm

Critical Review

I Love Liberty presents a vibrant comic strip composition, simplifying the Statue of Liberty to its basic pictorial elements. Lichtenstein depicts fragments of her majestic stance and fiery torch, enabling viewers to envision the rest of the original sculpture. Lichtenstein reduces her features into flattened blocks of colour and the background into a field of regularised blue stripes. I Love Liberty takes an omnipresent symbol and accentuates its banality by stripping it of its context.

Succeeding his Statue of Liberty rendition, Lichtenstein went on to explore various national icons. For instance, hisForms In Spacefrom 1985 set out to reimagine the American flag. Ultimately, Lichtenstein’s configuration of a trusted sign challenges reflexes and intuition, while subverting skeptical views on commercial styles. The substituted visuals and the sardonic title are both indicative of the socio-political atmosphere of the 1980s. I Love Liberty manifests a brand new symbol; a brilliant refashioning of an American icon.