Written by Brenda Schmahmann, Contribution by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ruth Fine and Mayen Beckmann, As told to Sidney B. Felsen
Accompanying catalogue of an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Paris. The catalogue includes a fully illustrated, comprehensive listing of the paintings, drawings, and prints in Lichtenstein’s Expressionism series. Among the styles and movements appropriated by Lichtenstein, his borrowing of Expressionist motifs—from Alexei Jawlensky’s close-up, pensive faces to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s jagged, feline figures—strikes the clearest irony. Including key paintings, sculpture, drawings, and woodcuts, this catalogue demonstrates the bold paradox that Lichtenstein posed by translating Expressionist subjects into the primary colors and pop flatness of his signature style.
About The Author
Brenda Schmahmann is a research professor in the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of many articles and books, the most recent of which is Picturing Change: Curating Visual Culture at Post-Apartheid Universities. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator, critic, and art historian. He is codirector of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Mayen Beckmann is the granddaughter of Max Beckmann and the editor of several publications that focus on the artist. Ruth Fine is a curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the author of the introduction to The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948–1993. Sidney B. Felsen is cofounder and codirector of Gemini G.E.L., an artists’ workshop and publisher of limited-edition prints and sculptures in L.A., and it had a long-standing publishing relationship with Roy Lichtenstein.