U.S. Postal Service Honors Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art On New Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service Honors Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art On New Forever Stamps

New York , April 24, 2023 – The United States Postal Service is commemorating the centenary of the birth of American artist Roy Lichtenstein by releasing a new envelope at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York .

For the caption: Artist Roy Lichtenstein pictured alongside five of his works of pop art.

Forever Stamps features five bold and eye-catching creations from the artist and is offered in sets of 20. New stamps are posted with the hashtag #RoyLichtensteinStamps .

"The Postal Service uses the stamp program to recognize and celebrate the best of our nation," said Thomas Marshall, general counsel and vice president of the Postal Service. " Roy Lichtenstein deserves this recognition for his incredible creativity and innovation throughout his career."

In total, he created more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other works that are still remarkable for his insight and creativity.

"I've always been a fan of the Post. I think it's an amazing organization," said Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist's widow and president of Roy Lichtenstein. I think he'll love it," he said, referring to the new brands.

The event was attended by Jack Cowart , executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Anne Helmrich, director of American art at the Smithsonian Archives, and contemporary artist Rachel Rosin .

Background

Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born in New York on October 27, 1923 and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan . As a child he explored the city's museums and other wonders. He was interested in art from an early age and at the age of 13 began taking watercolor classes at the School of Fine and Applied Arts (later Parsons School of Design ) in New York.

The summer after graduating from high school, Lichtenstein studied painting at the Art Students League and in 1940 enrolled at Ohio State University, majoring in art, art history and education. His first year of training was cut short by his enlistment during World War II, and in 1944 he served in an engineer battalion in Europe . After the war, he studied in Paris and visited art museums. In the year Released in early 1946, he returned to Ohio State and three years later received a Master of Fine Arts teaching undergraduate students.

Lichtenstein admired early 20th-century European masters such as Pablo Picasso , Paul Klee , and Juan Miró, and some of his early works, depicting medieval figures, fairy tales, and historical scenes, reflect their style. Eager to make it big in New York's burgeoning art scene, Lichtenstein took his paintings from gallery to gallery, finding success in 1951 with two solo shows in Manhattan. Additionally, the Brooklyn Museum selected one of the woodcuts for its fifth annual National Print Exhibition and purchased it for its permanent collection.

In the year In 1957, a new teaching opportunity arose at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he embraced Abstract Expressionism, which was closely associated with New York City. It was at this time that cartoon characters began to appear on his canvases, which became a hallmark of his work.

In the year In 1960, Lichtenstein did something that would change her life: she accepted a teaching position at Douglas College, the women's department of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey . The school's art department wants to distinguish itself as a center for experimentation, and Lichtenstein thrives there as his new colleagues introduce avant-garde artists and New York gallery owners. Looking for something new, he painted "Look Mickey" in 1961, starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck , and wrote "MICEY LOOK, I GOT A BIG MAN!" Even the dialog box spoke. ( Donald Duck grabs a hook under his coat). Lichtenstein, 1980, for this amazing large oil painting. He took illustrations from popular children's books of the 1960s. The painting was Lichtenstein's first attempt to recreate Ben-Day's dot printing process, later for comics and magazines.

Despite doubts about the subject, the influential gallery owner agreed to represent Lichtenstein and show new images of cartoon characters and consumer goods. Some artists see it as disgusting, others see great meaning in it. Lichtenstein's career took off quickly. In the year In 1962 he had solo shows in New York and on the West Coast. In December of the same year, he participated in a symposium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Andy Warhol , James Rosenquist , Marcel Duchamp and other artists. The speakers chose the name "Pop Art" for this new art movement. Pop art includes advertising, mass-produced goods, and cartoon characters, and is often viewed as an expression of subject matter or satire of consumerism. It was in stark contrast to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 1950s, which emphasized emotion and the process of painting and shied away from depicting recognizable subjects.

In the year In late 1962, Lichtenstein was invited to create a mural for the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, New York . In the year In 1964 he gave up teaching to devote himself full time to art and experimented with various printmaking and sculpture. He began a series of landscapes to explore the works of modern masters such as Paul Cézanne, Piet Mondrian and Claude Monet , followed by a series of women from romantic comedy. She is fascinated by sentimental female stereotypes in popular culture, as well as male stereotypes — and explosions — from war comics.

Lichtenstein has been accused of directing the work of other artists, but many critics have defended his actions. He observed that he studied previous works or genres and borrowed elements from them and then turned them into completely new works. Over the years, he has studied many artists, styles and styles. It also borrows from previous works.

In the year Lichtenstein's first brushstrokes, which appeared in 1965, drew on both science fiction humor and earlier abstract expressionist style. Back then, his imagination was drawn to the modern architecture and design of the 1920s and 1930s. The decade ended on a high note when the famed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum held its first Lichtenstein retrospective. The exhibition, which includes paintings and sculptures, will also travel to four other locations.

In the year In the 1970s, Lichtenstein moved with his second wife to Southampton, New York, a Long Island town popular with artists. Borrowing from Henri Matisse, he painted dozens of still-life paintings by his master in these quiet spaces. At the same time, he was associated with styles such as cubism, purity and futurism. In the year During this decade he received commissions such as murals for the University of Düsseldorf in Germany ; Race car look; and his first outdoor public sculpture for the Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater. His work was featured in the 1978 Whitney of American Art exhibition, "Art About Art," and in 1979 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of his lifetime honors.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Lichtenstein remained as active as ever, traveling and producing a variety of works including geometric abstraction, nudes, and Chinese landscapes. Larger commissions continued to arrive from around the world, and in 1995 President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. Lichtenstein showed no signs of slowing down when he contracted pneumonia at the age of 73. He died on September 29, 1997 .

One of his last major commissions was a tribute to his beloved New York City: a 53-foot mural for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Times Square subway station. In the year Completed in 1994 and installed in 2002, the work represents a futuristic city that references the historic architecture of the subway and the innovations presented at the two New York shows.

Stamp artwork

This stunning new stamp is dedicated to 20th century artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). A famous mid-20th century American pop artist who turned to pop culture for his aesthetic. Each of the five designs features 20 panels of artwork from Liechtenstein.

Permanent Explosion (Red) (1965) is a metal china sparkler in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Modern Painting I (1966), acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas, part of the collection of the Frederick R. Weissman Art Foundation , Los Angeles .

Still Life with Crystal Bowl (1972) is an acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas from the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art , New York .

Still Life with Goldfish (1972) is an acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas from a private collector.

"Female Portrait" (1979) is an acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas painting by a private collector.

In the left third of the window is a photo of Lichtenstein's Bob Adelman standing in front of one of his dot paintings. The face was sculpted in 1983 with the brush strokes of the sculpture model.

The stamp was designed by USPS Art Director Derry Noyes .

Postal products

Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic merchandise from the Post Office at usps.com/shopstamps , by phone at 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic or at national post offices.

The United States Postal Service is an independent, self-funded federal agency responsible for serving all American communities with affordable, safe and secure mail and package delivery to nearly 165 million addresses, six and often seven days a week. Under the bipartisan leadership of the Board of Governors, the Postal Service has pursued a 10-year “Deliver for America” transformation plan to modernize the postal network, restore long-term financial strength, and significantly improve and maintain mail and delivery services for all. Service categories. It is itself one of America's leading brands, most respected and trusted in the world.

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