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Today's Art
April 2003

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most famous modern artists. His distinct, comic book style makes his work amongst the most recognizable in pop art. In 1960, Lichtenstein became an assistant professor at Douglas College at Rutgers University. It was at this time that he began his work in pop art.   Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) - Crying Girl (lithograph, 44.6 x 58.9 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
(1923 - 1997)
Crying Girl (1964) Lithograph
44.6 x 58.9 cm

Living close to New York City, Lichtenstein had many opportunities to meet with the top pop artists. However, it was a challenge from his son that so drastically focused his career. Roy’s son showed him a Mickey Mouse comic book and told him, “I bet you can’t paint as good as that.” In 1961, Lichtenstein painted six works featuring comic book characters, lettering, and speech balloons that would become the hallmark of his style. Take a look at some of Lichtenstein’s paintings.

Wendell Brooks, a professor at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, is one of New Jersey’s great artists. Brooks works in printmaking. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Art, and the African-American Fine Arts Collection. Return the Buffalo is one of his famous prints.

In addition to these artists who have gained international recognition, thousands of other talented artists also call New Jersey home. It’s just a matter of time before another New Jersey artist revolutionizes the American art scene once more. To keep in touch with today’s art scene, visit the NJ Arts Council and Discover Jersey Arts.

  Wendell Brooks - Flying South (intaglio/stencil,  20" x 26")
Wendell Brooks
Flying South (1997) Intaglio/Stencil
20" x 26"

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