Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of large-scale paintings by the late artist Roy Lichtenstein. This body of work, completed during the 1990s, solely depicts the female nude.
The highly sexualized portrayal of women has been of paramount importance to Lichtenstein’s work since his earliest Pop paintings. The actual nude, however, appeared as a subject most prominently in works made during the artist’s last decade. In several instances, later paintings like Nude with Beach Ball (1994) clearly refer to works from the 1960s, such as Girl with Ball (1961).
Comparative pictures such as these emphasize the unique characteristics of Lichtenstein’s later paintings: larger areas of white, and a palette of extremely clear and vivid color. In the classic Pop paintings, the allover Benday dots mimicked the crude techniques of tabloid illustration. In the later paintings, the dots appear in cloud-like patches that express the effervescence of space and form.
The Nudes inhabit the ether of virtual reality more than the material world of comic books and cartoons. The intense and clear white ground and the overall impression of infinite space and “air” are in sympathy with the literal stripping of the female subjects to reveal their blatant and uncomplicated erotic availability. In these paintings, the hyper-world of virtual space opens an infinity of carnal and imaginative license and desire.
Dorothy Lichtenstein sits down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the changes underway at the Lichtenstein Foundation, life in the 1960s, and what brought her to—and kept her in—the Hamptons.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Roy Lichtenstein: 1961 to 1965
Gillian Pistell examines Roy Lichtenstein’s aesthetic developments in the years 1961 to 1965.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2018
The Winter 2018 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available. Our cover this issue comes from High Times, a new body of work by Richard Prince.
A 1964 publication by the Chinese-American artist and poet Walasse Ting and Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis.
Landscapes in the Chinese Style
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