Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Style: Pop Art

Lived: October 27, 1923 - September 29, 1997 (20th century)

Nationality: USA

People think one-point and two-point perspective is how the world actually looks, but of course, it isn't. It's a convention.

I'm interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it's the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way.

In America the biggest is the best.

I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting.

I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's another purpose to it.

Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say that holds up as a generalization, because it depends on too many factors: size, modulation, the rest of the field, a certain consistency that color has with forms, and the statement you're trying to make.

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

Personally, I feel that in my own work I wanted to look programmed or impersonal but I don't really believe I am being impersonal when I do it. And I don't think you could do this.

My work isn't about form. It's about seeing. I'm excited about seeing things, and I'm interested in the way I think other people see things.

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.

I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way.

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