Los Angeles

“Comedy through the Ages”

Lytton Savings

Pop art in general, and Roy Lichtenstein in particular, have thrown enough doubt on the status of the comic strip so that an exhibition devoted to it could have been of much value. It was, however, hard to take this “comic strip” show seriously; a generalized disorder, resulting, undoubtedly, from the desire to orient the exhibition toward the delight of children, made viewing, and thought, difficult. A festive decor, glittering with colored papers and the like set up an antagonism between the two purposes of a professionally installed art exhibition on the one hand and a Pop holiday on the other.

––Susan R. Snyder