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Roy Lichtenstein's ABC

Adelman, Bob; Antupit, Samuel N.

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ISBN 10: 0500516839 / ISBN 13: 9780500516836
Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd
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2013. Hardcover. One of the founders of pop art, the author is best known for largescale renditions of comic-strip art, and for fusing comicbook techniques with high art in his appropriations of such artists as Picasso and Mondrian. In this title, the author's unique style celebrates the ABC, with results that are surprising, delightful and amusing. Num Pages: 64 pages, chiefly col. ill. BIC Classification: ACXJ1; AGB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 209 x 211 x 10. Weight in Grams: 366. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780500516836

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Title: Roy Lichtenstein's ABC

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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One of the founders of pop art, Roy Lichtenstein is best known for largescale renditions of comic-strip art, and for fusing comicbook techniques with high art in his appropriations of such artists as Picasso and Mondrian. His distinctive look filled with brilliant colour, dots and stripes is one of the most identifiable in all contemporary art. Here Lichtenstein's unique style celebrates the ABC, with results that are surprising, delightful and amusing. D is for a comically vicious growling Dog. H is a Horse that races by in dizzying blaze of dots and stripes. And A is for ART, Lichtenstein's first pop comic masterpiece, Look Mickey, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

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This little ABC book is so wonderful that adults may have trouble sharing it with the babies, toddlers, and growing children in their midst. Every two-page spread contains an alphabet letter and a painting by Roy Lichtenstein, one of the first and most successful of the pop artists. The 26 letters here were each lifted from one of Lichtenstein's prints, drawings, or paintings, and each has a style and a presence all its own, apart from the art on the facing page. Finally, below each member of the alphabet, in comic-book type, are a few words that begin with that letter and refer to objects or ideas pictured in the art on the opposite page. Lichtenstein, who died in 1997, was a witty and subtly classical artist who combined humor and whimsy in his work with an effortless dignity and a broad knowledge of art history. His comics-derived imagery was so crisp and stylish when he first rose to prominence--so now, as one might have said in the '60s--that viewers were surprised when in the 1980s he began painting monumental images of abstract friezes from ancient temples. This little book is tremendously appealing, showing paintings of water lilies, dogs, a sweet kiss, a "Matisse" still life with goldfish (and a golf ball), a nurse, a cup of coffee, an ice-cream soda, and other recognizable images. Babies and toddlers especially will love to peruse its pages, and art-loving parents everywhere will be enthralled. --Peggy Moorman

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