New York

Roy Lichtenstein

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

Roy Lichtenstein’s show at Castelli uptown was, for me, something of a disappointment. After his successive shows of the “Mirrors” and “Entablatures,” the new still-life paintings seem to be a retreat in the direction of the modern old master, Matisse in this case, done in comic-strip style. Matisse is everywhere in the new paintings, and where he isn’t, images from earlier stages of Lichtenstein’s career appear in the form of a Matisse device. Artist’s Studio is like a strange detail of Matisse’s The Red Studio complete with a comic-strip style Art Nouveau plant in a vase on a table in the foreground. The depicted paintings leaning against the wall are Lichtenstein’s rather than Matisse’s, specifically: the Lichtenstein/Picasso Still Life of 1964 is stacked behind Baseball Manager of 1963. On the depicted wall are Oval Mirror, Stretcher Frame With Crossbars, and an Entablature. The

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