Tom Christopher, Like Popeye After a Can of Spinach. Never Saw Anybody Move So Fast. Ever.
2004 Courtesy of the artist and Gary Lichtenstein Editions, Ridgefield, CT
Master printer and Connecticut native Gary Lichtenstein has collaborated with over ninety artists during the course of his thirty-five-year career. This exhibition brings together forty-eight screenprints from the over eight hundred he has created, focusing on works made since 2004.
Lichtenstein’s role as an artist in his own right has brought an innovative perspective to his craft. His innate ability as a colorist, together with his belief in spontaneity and acceptance of what others would consider accidents or mistakes, has defined his studio. Multiple trial proofs and color variations are the norm, and Lichtenstein has no concern about how many screens it will take to successfully resolve an image. It is not unusual for a print from his studio to have fifteen or twenty colors, and there are examples of prints with forty or more. In the past decade, Lichtenstein has also begun to experiment with unique, large-scale screenprints on canvas, blurring the boundary between painting and printmaking.
Richard Klein (director), Gary Lichtenstein, and Tom Christopher at
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.