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He copied from existing panels. If he made his own I would have no problem with it whatsoever.
This is Lichtenstein's:
And this is the original:
Obviously there are differences but that's the kind of thing that would have the art community pouncing all over him today.
Here's another one:
This is what the MOMA has to say about it:
Oh he cropped it and he changed the name, well that's not plagiarism then! *rolls eyes*Lichtenstein based many of his early paintings on imagery he found in comic books. The source for this work is Run for Love! published by DC Comics in 1962, the cover of which the artist significantly altered to arrive at the finished composition. In the original illustration, the drowning girl’s boyfriend appears in the background, clinging to a capsized boat. Lichtenstein cropped the image dramatically, showing the girl alone and encircled by a threatening wave. He changed the caption from “I don’t care if I have a cramp!” to “I don’t care!” and the boyfriend’s name from Mal to Brad. In addition to appropriating comic books’ melodramatic content, Lichtenstein manually simulated the Benday dots used in the mechanical reproduction of images.
And I couldn't find anywhere that said that he paid or asked the original artists to use their work. He was never sued by the way. How he got away with that is way beyond me.
Last edited by OldJake666; May 8th, 2012 at 01:48 AM.
It's just a different kind of schtick..."pop art"...used to be popular. It was all about apropriating common or "low brow" schtuff, modifying it to one degree or another and hanging it on gallery and museum walls (I'm sure you know what that was all about). Lichtenstein was more of an experimental printmaker guy and people were interested in that aspect as well. But yeah, entirely different kind of thing.
That just seems insane! Went to so much work for something so stupid and pathetic and just crazy!
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If he had only flipped the images, he would have gotten away with it!
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Most of his best-known artworks are relatively close, but not exact, copies of comic book panels, a subject he largely abandoned in 1965. (He would occasionally incorporate comics into his work in different ways in later decades.) These panels were originally drawn by such comics artists as Jack Kirby and DC Comics artists Russ Heath, Tony Abruzzo, Irv Novick, and Jerry Grandenetti, who rarely received any credit. Jack Cowart, executive director of the Lichtenstein Foundation, contests the notion that Lichtenstein was a copyist, saying: "Roy's work was a wonderment of the graphic formulae and the codification of sentiment that had been worked out by others. The panels were changed in scale, color, treatment, and in their implications. There is no exact copy." However, some have been critical of Lichtenstein's use of comic-book imagery and art pieces, especially insofar as that use has been seen as endorsement of a patronizing view of comic by the art mainstream; noted comics author Art Spiegelman commented that "Lichtenstein did no more or less for comics than Andy Warhol did for soup."
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It looks to me that this guy looked around at everyone he knew and thought:
They're so stupid they'll be throwing their money at me! -- He was right. What did he have to lose. I doubt anyone has ever heard of him until now. He probably figured that as long as he keep a low profile no one would ever catch him. The mistake he made was having a show. He could have continued for years if he just setup tables at local romanian artfairs.