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Roy Lichtenstein



Institution Walker Art Center
RL: It was hard to get a painting that was despicable enough so that no one would hang it -- everybody was hanging everything. It was almost acceptable to hang a dripping paint rag, everybody was accustomed to this. The one thing everyone hated was commercial art; apparently they didn't hate that enough, either. . . .

GRS: Are you anti-experimental?

RL: I think so, and anti-contemplative, anti-nuance, anti-getting-away-from-the-tyranny-of-the-rectangle, anti-movement-and-light, anti-mystery, anti-paint-quality, anti-Zen, and anti all of those brilliant ideas of preceding movements which everyone understands so thoroughly. Roy Lichtenstein, 1963

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Type: Artist Statement, artist's quote
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Added to Site: March 1, 2009