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Roy Lichtenstein: Auto Poetry In Bloomington’s Cavalry - Signed Print

Auto Poetry In Bloomington’s Cavalry
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Intaglio, 1992
Signed Print Edition of 42
H 38cm x W 28cm

Critical Review

Lichtenstein’s 1992 Auto Poesie En Cavale De Bloomington is predicated on Ginsberg’s “Auto Poesy: On the Lam to Bloomington”. The original poem is characterised by a spontaneous and inconclusive style of expression. The concept auto-poesy is used to describe poems composed aboard a moving vehicle, while also signifying a type of autobiographical poetry. Bloomington is most commonly referred to as a gateway to the scenic South, the departure point for those seeking the true and primordial America.

Lichtenstein’s minimalistic vignette is divided in two and captures the outset of an imaginary excursion. The pastel coloured left side of the image shows the daytime depiction of an empty highway, while on the right we see the dark blue route at night. At Lichtenstein’s hands, the dashed lines, indicating the middle of the road, morph into horizontal towers stretching into the desert. The artist crowns his cleverly arranged composition on each side with the yellow glow of a guiding light. In doing so, Lichtenstein transforms the overall impression of the freeways into lighthouses, directing the travelers to their journey’s end.

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