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Modern Art I

Modern Art I
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1996
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 111cm x W 78cm

Critical Review

Modern Art I assemble iconic styles abstracted from different artistic movements and modern masters in particular. The print therefore reduces its source materials to essential aesthetic parts, examining the deconstructed features one by one. The artist then fuses these parts into assorted arrangements of lines, geometric shapes and figurative elements. At last, Modern Art I exhibits a multifaceted composition containing traces of Cubism, Constructivism and Surrealism.

In the artist’s hands the condensed characteristics of the modernists are transformed into slick contemporary cartoons. Using his Benday dots, blocks of colour and stark black outlines, Lichtenstein allows the subject matter to take on a story of its own. Modern Art I is more illustrative than Modern Art II, depicting pearls, comic book eyes, lips and locks of flowy hair, all compiled into one shattered portrait.