Roy Lichtenstein painting sells for record £27m at Christie's auction. By Emma Reynolds Updated: 12:22 GMT, 9 November 2011 A painting by the late Roy Lichtenstein has sold for $43.2million (£27million) in New York - an auction record for the pop artist.
The 1961 artwork is called 'I Can See the Whole Room! ... and There's Nobody In It! ' It shows a man's face peering out of the painting through a peephole in a black background. Looking good: Lichtenstein's 'I Can See the Whole Room... The 1961 painting was sold at auction by Christie's in New York The four-square-foot work in graphite and oil work is one of the earliest and most important of Lichtenstein’s pop art pictures. It sold last night at a Christie's auction house postwar and contemporary art sale. Leonardo di Caprio was at the auction, in which Louise Bourgeois also broke a record with her 1996 bronze spider, which fetched $10.7million (£7million).
Andy Warhol's 'Four Campbell's Soup Cans' went for $9.8million (£6.1million), toward the high end of the estimate. Pop royalties: The artist's 'Ohhh... Roy Lichtenstein. Roy Fox Lichtenstein (pronounced /ˈlɪktənˌstaɪn/; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist.
During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody. Favoring the comic strip as his main inspiration, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.
Whaam! Early years Career Cap de Barcelona, sculpture, mixed media, Barcelona Lichtenstein entered the graduate program at Ohio State and was hired as an art instructor, a post he held on and off for the next ten years. Later work The Art Story: Artist - Roy Lichtenstein. "I'm never drawing the object itself; I'm only drawing a depiction of the object - a kind of crystallized symbol of it.
" Synopsis Roy Lichtenstein was one of the first American Pop artists to achieve widespread renown, and he became a lightning rod for criticism of the movement. His early work ranged widely in style and subject matter, and displayed considerable understanding of modernist painting: Lichtenstein would often maintain that he was as interested in the abstract qualities of his images as he was in their subject matter. However, the mature Pop style he arrived at in 1961, which was inspired by comic strips, was greeted by accusations of banality, lack of originality, and, later, even copying. His high-impact, iconic images have since become synonymous with Pop art, and his method of creating images, which blended aspects of mechanical reproduction and drawing by hand, has become central to critics' understanding of the significance of the movement.
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