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Modern Art II

Modern Art II
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1996
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 103cm x W 79cm

Critical Review

Modern Art II assembles 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. Lichtenstein then fuses these parts into assorted arrangements of lines, geometric shapes and figurative elements.

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.

At last, Modern Art II exhibits a multifaceted composition containing traces of Cubism and Constructivism. However, contrary to Modern Art I, Modern Art II relies heaviest on Surrealism. The illustrative elements are here exchanged for bizarre colourful abstractions alluding to facial components and the like.