Roy Lichtenstein, ‘NYC Ballet American Music Festival’, 1988, ArtWise

Lichtenstein contributed this design for the New York City Ballet's American Music Festival in 1988. This is one of the images selected along with images from eleven other artists including Keith Haring, Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns and James Rosenquist. In weekly succession, each image was featured on the cover of the playbill and projected on the scrim before each performance. Published by the New York City Ballet, and printed by Norman Lithographers in Amityville, NY on smooth, white wove paper. Reference in the Prints of Roy Lichtenstein by Cortlett on page 281, #III.36.

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York