American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) used parody and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to break away from abstract expressionism and into the up and coming art market of the 1960s. Lichtenstein earned both his BA and MFA in art from Ohio State University, but did not paint in the style for which he is now known until he began teaching at Rutgers University alongside Allan Kaprow in 1960. He first began the technique of using Ben-Day dots, the method of production used in comic books, following the playful encouragement of his young son and continued in the style throughout the remainder of his artistic career. Lichtenstein’s works range in theme and subject, from household objects to advertisements and comic book scenes, but maintain a consistent style of precision and near-photographic reproduction. Lichtenstein’s works have been shown in nearly one hundred and fifty solo exhibitions worldwide, recently including at the Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2012); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2011); and Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY (2010). The artist's work is currently being featured in "Lichtenstein: A Retrospective," a comprehensive exhibition at the Tate Modern. This exhibition is on view through May 2013.
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