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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 98cm x W 69cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Roy Lichtenstein’s 1982 I Love Liberty coats the image of The Statue of Liberty in a graphic layer of Pop and elevates it to the realm of fine art. The artist produced I Love Liberty in conjunction with a national television broadcast saluting American ideals and values.
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.