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Imperfect 67″ x 79 7/9

Imperfect 67″ x 79 7/9
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1988
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 45
H 150cm x W 190cm

Critical Review

Lichtenstein’s Perfect/Imperfect series were completed between the years of 1978 and 1995. Both sequences demonstrate the varied technical and formal strategies Lichtenstein employed throughout his career. Although they were created concurrently and are thematically identical, the two series manifest the same subject matter differently. On the one hand, Lichtenstein presents fixed abstractions in his Perfect prints. Conversely, his Imperfect prints humorously sabotage pictorial limitations, breaking the edges of the canvas wherever possible.

In Imperfect 67’ x 79 7/9, Lichtenstein connects the contours of numerous geometrical shapes into one controlled and continuous line. The work showcases flat areas of intense colour and compact forms populated by dots and stripes. While the patterns evoke tone and texture, assertive black outlines provide shading, making the components emerge as three dimensional. As a result, the composition appears to be subtly protruding, puncturing the framework in several places.