Modern Head #2

Modern Head #2
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1970
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 100
H 50cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

The Modern Head prints seek to critically dismantle the history of modern art, through a formal idea particularly favoured by Lichtenstein; impure style. Accordingly, Lichtenstein’s Modern Heads are founded on both artistic and architectural sources. The prints feature elements that allude to painterly gestures and sculptural anatomy, as well as facade ornamentation and interior design

Modern Head #2delves deeper into the idea of depicting human figures as machines. Whereas Modern Head #1 is the most abstract edition of the series, this print exhibits the most minimalistic portrait of the sequence. The flat black planes in this work are adorned with white and bright yellow curvilinear geometric forms. Modern Head #2 blends the streamlined industrial look of the 1930s with Pablo Picasso’s simplified cubist drawings. Produced using a distinct lithographic printing method referred to as line cut, Lichtenstein manufactures a work with a refined and highly stylised finish.