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Roy Lichtenstein – Diagram of an Artist | Tate

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Roy Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. This film brings together archival footage of Lichtenstein at home and at work in his studio, as well as interviews with his wife Dorothy and friend Frederic Tuten to create an intimate portrait of the artist. A retrospective exhibition of Lichtenstein’s work, including 124 of the artist’s most definitive works was shown at Tate Modern in 2013. Find out more about Roy Lichtenstein: https://goo.gl/D4Bi4U
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Andrew Dussault (1 day ago)
He seems like a really modest and humble guy who loved doing what he did.
super art
Wowo nae (2 months ago)
Plagiarizer literally all of his work is just cropping and taking away the impact of images done by actual artists. I have no clue how he got away with the massive amount of copyright infringement. https://www.flickr.com/photos/deconstructing-roy-lichtenstein/
vybeschoo (3 months ago)
My gosh how pretentious can you get. They literally say that comics aren't art and that what he does is in comparison. The fine art world is so unfortunate.
Bombah Deputta (4 months ago)
I want to have a studio too
D G (5 months ago)
I love his work. Along with Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Keane, Norman Rockwell and Tamara De Lempicka.. I guess all the purists would say he couldn't paint like Leonardo Di Vinci, but his art has personality and pop to it. I specifically love his comic art. With the crying ladies and couples and the word bubbles.. They would have been cooler if he came up with original characters and sayings though.. But in the end its what I like as art and what you like too..
As much as Warhol gets the lion's share of attention re. the Pop Art movement and the principal artists actively shaping the scene and its aesthetics and philosophy, I have to say that I preferred Lichtenstein's art over Warhol's. Thanks for making this video on my personal favorite of the Pop artists!
Cliff DaRiff (1 year ago)
People, all artists are appropriators.
Devin Reese (4 months ago)
He couldve come up with his own comics. But like warhol thats not the point. You can copy something but come up with a decent version yourself. Get playful and then creativity will flow.
David Mayhew (1 year ago)
One heck of a great artist!!!!!
Jose Martinez (1 year ago)
It's troubling to me that he appropriated other's work into his own...
Art Teacher (4 months ago)
Very few artists have not done so.
FaCu aRroYo (1 year ago)
Interesting that there's nobody bitching in the comments saying stupid bullshit like "why is this art?", "a child could do that" 🙄
DM Swanson (2 years ago)
Thank you, Tate. Quite wonderful, especially his wife's insights, also watching the-One work. Masterful, exquisite: many thanks.
Sonja R (8 months ago)
Totally agree!
Thomas Drieman (3 years ago)
tof tof tof
BLACK.LIKE. ME (4 years ago)
To date in this art class at FIU, Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorite and love artist. He paints like I draw, the major exception is that he is gets paid millions for his work. I appreciate his style as well as his dedication to his work and his humble character.
Philip Lindsay (4 years ago)
And the cartoonists whose work he plagiarised , I wonder how they feel ? WHAM!
Adam Cochran (3 months ago)
Philip Lindsay It sounds like you don’t understand what he was doing.
D G (5 months ago)
+Baterka Czech some call it remix culture.. take someone else's work and remixing it to your own style..
Sully The Artist (1 year ago)
Philip Lindsay Art is 90% stealing. I once heard
Baterka Czech (1 year ago)
it's called art appropriation not plagiarism.
Mike Dunkle (4 years ago)
One of Roys relatives was a teacher of mine back in the 80s and needless to say when i found that out I aced the class hoping for one day to get an introduction, it never happened though
famachild (5 years ago)
i hve the WHAAM  paiting tattoed on my right arm freakin awesome
Adam Cochran (3 months ago)
vybeschoo This is youtube, not my job, I’ll say whatever I want, thanks. You can have your opinion, like I said, it’s just uneducated. And my opinion is that you’re an idiot. You called me a sheep, I called you an idiot. I would love to look at your work that is clearly so much better than Lichtenstein’s. I’ve dedicated my life to painting, let’s see what you got.
vybeschoo (3 months ago)
+Adam Cochran There you go again with insults. I also doubt that very much. Your only argument against my opinion is that i'm an idiot, that is definitely not university level discourse. Also... I have a bachelors in English literature and am being mentored by extremely talented artists. I know the craft and I understand its nuances. But Lichtenstein, no matter how much you call me an idiot, was not a talented artist. PS. That is my opinion. If you don't like it fine. However, I don't care that you disagree because you clearly weren't ready to discuss it. Don't pretend to be an expert when you can't even have a normal discussion with someone.
Adam Cochran (3 months ago)
vybeschoo I’m not angry. I just think you’re uneducated and ignorant. I’ve taught art at the university level, how about you? It’s my job to hear varying opinions. At least they are usually backed by an education. But nah, you’re just an idiot.
vybeschoo (3 months ago)
+Adam Cochran ha ha ha ha... I see why you defend Lichtenstein now... you clearly are just as original as him. he copies art, you copy insults. You aren't a very independent thinking person are you? It makes me so happy to have these conversations, especially when you start just calling me an idiot and I know you are angry cause of my opinion. Delicious. Thanks for biting. goodbye mr. sheep.
Adam Cochran (3 months ago)
vybeschoo You’re right, you’re super boring. I’ve studied art and been an artist myself for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean shit. You’re just an idiot.
BananasAboutBananas (5 years ago)
rené faivre (5 years ago)
you have to see the exhibition actually in Paris. So exciting work
Simran Johal (5 years ago)
I love pop art, Litchenstein and warhol were the best! And I loved the 60s as well!
Tate (5 years ago)
Hello and thanks for watching. A lot of that archive footage came from films made by 2 different companies (both listed in the credits -- Michael Blackwood and Checkerboard Film Foundation). You can buy their DVDs of the original films on their websites or in the Tate shop.
Vesa Lempinen (5 years ago)
Anyone know where one could obtain/watch the original documentary/archival footage in full? Thank you
Emily Sherriff (6 years ago)
So excited to see this exhibition!
Samir Mishra (6 years ago)
very well made
B S (6 years ago)
Lichenstein, Warhol and the Pop Art movement has been of my greatest inspirations ever since I heard about them. It was my introduction to the art world, when I was totally uninterested in visual arts and I still love it.
cheekychen (6 years ago)
more of these please denise!
Simon Kidd (6 years ago)
this is a great angle Tate, I'd love to see more of this style of videos.
concretely (6 years ago)
Keep up the good work, each one of these videos is moving and inspiring.

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