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Roy Lichtenstein: How Modern Art Was Saved by Donald Duck (Penguin Special) ((Kindle Single) ) [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Sooke
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Sooke is an immensely engaging character. He has none of the weighty self-regard that often afflicts art experts and critics; rather he approaches his subjects with a questioning, open, exploratory attitude (Sarah Vine The Times)

His shows are excellent - clever, lively, scholarly, but not too lecturey; he's very good at linking his painters with the world outside the studio, and at how these artists have affected the world today (Sam Wollaston reviewing 'Modern Masters' Guardian)

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A Penguin Special on Roy Lichtenstein by Alastair Sooke - read in 2 hours or less



'Why, Brad darling, this painting is a masterpiece! My, soon you'll have all of New York clamoring for your work!'



Roy Lichtenstein - architect of Pop art, connoisseur of the comic strip, master of irony and prophet of popular culture.



From exhilarating images of ice-cool jet pilots in dog fights, to blue-haired Barbie dolls drowning in scenes of domestic heartache, Lichtenstein's instantly recognisable paintings, with their Ben-Day dots and witty one-liners, defined the art of a generation. But how did a jobbing, unassuming painter of the Fifties become a world-famous Pop artist whose work today sells for millions? What do his paintings really tell us? And what is his legacy?



This book, by art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke, is a perfect introduction to the artist and his work. Spanning Lichtenstein's career, and explaining his unique style, it is a journey through the life of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.



Published in time for a major new retrospective of the work of Roy Lichtenstein.



'Sooke is an immensely engaging character. He has none of the weighty self-regard that often afflicts art experts and critics; rather he approaches his subjects with a questioning, open, exploratory attitude' Sarah Vine, The Times



'His shows are excellent - clever, lively, scholarly, but not too lecturey; he's very good at linking his painters with the world outside the studio, and at how these artists have affected the world today' Sam Wollaston reviewing 'Modern Masters', Guardian



Alastair Sooke is deputy art critic of the Daily Telegraph. He has written and presented documentaries on television and radio for the BBC, including Modern Masters, an acclaimed BBC One series that chronicled modern art in the twentieth century. Since 2009 he has reported regularly for The Culture Show on BBC Two. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 930 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2ED3MA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read and great companion piece 16 Feb 2013
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As a fan of Lichtenstein's work but not really knowing much about the background 'How Modern Art...' provides a fascinating insight into Lichtenstein's early life, his first pop art creations and his subsequent classics. Written in Sooke's accessible and interesting style 'How Modern Art...' has certainly wetted my appetite for the upcoming Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern (at time of writing) and I can now go armed with a further knowledge that will surely enhance my experience.

I absolutely love the penguin cover of the paper back that's been 'Lichtensteined.' There's no examples of the paintings in the book (with the exception of 'Look Mickey') but I believe the Kindle edition has. However I did enjoy looking them up on google as I read along. The only downside is the length, at only 50 pages I could easily have, and in fact wanted to, read more. But then isn't that the sign of a good book?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully clear 24 Dec 2013
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A clear and positive evaluation of Lichtenstein's work and influence. Each section is themed by one of Lichtenstein's subjects. A short work, but forms a strong impression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read 27 Aug 2013
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I have watched and enjoyed Alistair Sooke's television programmes, and this book was not a disappointment. It is fun and informative - t's not academic scholarship, but seems completely appropriate for Lichtenstein and Pop Art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Duck and Modern Art 7 Aug 2013
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Having had the opportunity to visit the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, this little book provided very useful background information. It answered the question of why Lichtenstein broke away so definitively from the Modern Expressionism of his contempories and created, in its place, the Pop Art concept for which he became justifiably famous. The book deals with his ideas on 'high' and 'low' art, authorship and originality in a very readable style. Highly recommended for those who are interested in this artist's iconic work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Roy Lichtenstein's work seems present a viewer with paintings about which there is nothing to say and little to think about. They can seem dated, and almost as banal as their subject matter. Simultaneously, with a bit of reflection, and even better with some background knowledge of the context in which Lichtenstein first developed his Pop art, a viewer realises there is much to think about and much that is witty, interesting and revolutionary in his work. Alistair Sooke provides the needed context and offers clear links for the reader between Lichtenstein's images, and his conscious and unconscious agenda as a painter struggling to free himself of the constraints of the prevailing salon, dominated by Abstract Expressionists. He also shows how Lichtenstein took visual cliches- the appearance of which are almost always fatal for fine art- and made them an integral and authentic part of fine art itself. Alistair Sooke offers a brilliant and lucid account of how Lichtenstein, created a series of unique masterpieces, which provided a penetrating visual commentary on American contemporary life and values.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short abridged and Excellent 20 Jun 2013
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A great little book for those studying modern art at university and yet it also hits the spot for those just interested or curious about this topic. A well written book by Alastair Sooke who gets to grips with the issues surrounding 'Pop Art' in a relatively easy way to understand.
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