Roy Lichtenstein (ArtHaus - Art and Design Series)
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Mouse with his drastically enlarged
comic subjects, Lichtenstein caused a
commotion in the art world of the 1960s. In 1964, a New York Times headline read: 'One of the Worst Artists in America.' Since then, the American artist who died in 1997 has come to rank as one of the greatest icons of pop art next to Andy Warhol. Benday dots became his trademark, his artworks seemingly anonymous, mechanical reproductions in the age of mass media, Disneyland and billboards. Chris Hunt met the likable
artist in his New York studio and found
himself face to face with a great painter
as well as a 'closet classicist.'
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In this documentary Roy Lichtenstein is interviewed and discusses his life and art work, what influenced him, where his ideas came from, how his art adapted and how and why it changed over time. He discusses the Pop Art movement, a bit, mostly how he was one of a number of artists making art that was then called Pop Art. Also interesting is Lichtenstein tells what different art critics have said about different phases of his art and he shares his personal reactions to their statements. Additionally some footage of people criticizing and discussing his artwork is included, almost in a "he said, she said" manner which makes the viewer think about how sometimes what others say about an artist's work may be a bit off or just wrong. Contrary to what non-artists may think, artists do usually have a reason or an inspiration behind what they create. Lucky for us this documentary allows us into the brilliant mind of Roy Lichtenstein.
My children and I were both thrilled that this documentary also showed the artistic process with Lichtenstein narrating his process and demonstrating for the viewer, the stages of how and why he produces his famous Benday dot comic book type large artworks.Read more ›
This 51-minute film (it wasn't shot on video) was made in 1990 - so its 20 years old- but is making its debut on DVD in the wonderful Arthaus series imported by Naxos. You can tell it is not new because Lichtenstein was "preparing" to do his largest mural for the 42nd Street subway station in New York and you can see what the OLD 42nd Street station looked like. There is lots of interview footage of Lichtenstein explaining his art and why he got into recreating comic strips.
Lichtenstein's art is nearly always fun and very accessible for the average guy to appreciate. This film shows this. The bonus features include a photo gallery. Also the film comes with either an English soundtrack or one in German. (But you still get Duane Eddy and "Money"!)
in order to enlarge images and there are shots of his work throughout the program. There are also numerous interview snippets with dealers, critics and fellow artists about his career and influence. I'm certain I will re-watch this several more times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for the classroom! Appropriate content for kids and teens. Love that they show you his process of making his artworks.Published on June 10, 2014 by Ms.Ais#1
This is a VHS -to- DVD transfer of poor quality. The visual is only good on the still art pieces and the sound goes in-and-out throughout. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by SEB
I bought this DVD in the hopes of using it as a resource while we studied Pop Art. While it does give the viewer insight into Lichtenstein's process, it is boring. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by ragu