Imperfect #220 by Roy Lichtenstein

Imperfect 44 3/4 x 103 is a part of a group of paintings known as the “Imperfects” which Lichtenstein produced between 1986 and 1988. The series combines several of Lichtenstein’s techniques including woodcuts, screenprints and metalized Mylar collage. Each of the printed images actually break out of the border, extending at one or more points into the surrounding margins.

Signed

Yes

Created

1988

Size

103 x 44 13/16

Medium

Prints and Multiples, Color Woodcut, Screenprint and Collage on Archival 4-ply Museum Board

Genre

Pop

Presentation

Edition of 45

Imperfect #220 by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein takes a modernist perspective of the picture plane by utilizing a method of commercial design through comic strips and advertisement. Lichtenstein integrates the readymade quality of screen prints and integrates a painterly gesture with the use of thick lines, flat surface planes, and obscured perspective.

Imperfect 44 3/4 x 103 is a part of a group of paintings known as the “Imperfects” which Lichtenstein produced between 1986 and 1988. The series combines several of Lichtenstein’s techniques including woodcuts, screenprints and metalized Mylar collage. Each of the printed images actually break out of the border, extending at one or more points into the surrounding margins.

Roy Lichtenstein’s early appropriation of the aesthetics of American popular culture made him integral to the development of Pop art. Roy Lichtenstein was a student of the work of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Paul Klee, Roy Lichtenstein incorporated elements of contemporary art theory and popular print media into his painting. In 1961 Roy Lichtenstein began to replicate the Benday dot system used in mass-circulation printed sources such as comics, newspapers, and billboards; this would become a signature element of Roy Lichtensteins painting and sculpture. By mimicking this industrial method and appropriating images from high and low culture, Roy Lichtenstein’s work realized a broader accessibility that had not yet been achieved in contemporary art. Roy Lichtenstein’s most recognizable series evolved from imagery drawn from popular culture: advertising images, war-time comics, and pin-up portraits, as well as traditional painting genres.