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American Indian Theme I

American Indian Theme I
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Woodcut, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 83cm x W 81cm

Critical Review

In American Indian Theme I, Lichtenstein aims to first and foremost examine the symbols and myths surrounding American Indian culture and heritage.Therefore, the artist utilises various geographical sources of Native American design. He proceeds by fully abstracting his chosen three dimensional ornamentations from their original contexts.

Subsequently, Lichtenstein places the compressed figures of American Indian Theme I in the midst of saturated colours and stylised geometric patterns. The forms we are presented with may be interpreted as inanimate objects like tribal monuments, or as animals and shamans caught in the act. They are strange and familiar at once, frozen in motion and pinned to the canvas.

Lichtenstein’s American Indian Theme seriesconstitutes a distinct part of his enduring project of appropriating prior art as a form of cultural commentary.

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