Roy Lichtenstein: exhibition talkBook now
With Stephen Moonie, lecturer in Art History at Newcastle University
Wednesday 27 November
Free, donations welcome
Roy Lichtenstein is perhaps the quintessential Pop painter. His use of comic book imagery, and of the signs and symbols of popular culture, marked a distinct cultural shift away from the Abstract Expressionism which dominated the 1950s. Lichtenstein’s work formed part of broader social and cultural changes during the postwar period. The growth of consumerism and pop culture initially seemed to be a threat to the idea of ‘high art,’ but Pop in fact showed that high art and popular culture were in dialogue with each other. This talk will discuss some of the ways in which Lichtenstein’s work was not simply an illustration of popular culture, but formed part of significant changes in our understanding of art.
Stephen Moonie is Lecturer in Art History in the Department of Fine Art, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University. He has a particular interest in modernist theory and criticism.