Los Angeles

Roy Lichtenstein

Ferus Gallery

This show of recent works holds together well. The current figures, as before, are pressed to the surface, and in Sketch for World’s Fair Girl and Tension they burst forth and can barely be con­tained. This close-up cropping, locked within the story-board frame, relates not only to its comic-book sources, but as well to the cinema close-up. A char­acteristic move into whatever illusion of compressed space does exist takes place across the complication of a hand, a clutch of bent fingers, often slightly out of scale, contrasting with the field of the face and complementing the waves of hair. The drawing quality has not altered appreciably. He seems to have assimilated this heavily stylized line, to be able to design within its terms, and less ready to accept a source’s particularizing distortions. The linear patterns of interior breakups ap­pear more clearly volumetric within the style’s

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