The Oval Office by Roy Lichtenstein

The Oval Office was commissioned as part of the Artist for Freedom of Expression project to benefit the Democratic National Committee during the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. Lichtenstein studied the interior of the Oval Office at the White House reproduce decorative of the space. Later, the print was chosen as one of six commemorative inaugural posters by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Signed

Yes

Created

1992

Size

36 x 52 inches

Medium

Screenprint in colors on Rives BFK

Genre

Pop

Presentation

edition of 125

Description

The Oval Office 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.

The Oval Office was commissioned as part of the Artist for Freedom of Expression project to benefit the Democratic National Committee during the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. Lichtenstein studied the interior of the Oval Office at the White House reproduce decorative of the space. Later, the print was chosen as one of six commemorative inaugural posters by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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.

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