Crying Girl

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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
Crying Girl, 1964
Enamel on steel
46 1/8 × 46 1/8 in. (117.16 × 117.16 cm)
Purchase M1965.18
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
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Crying Girl was one of Roy Lichtenstein’s first ventures into producing enamel-on-steel multiples of the comic-strip imagery he had first introduced in conventional hand-painted canvases. This innovative, industrial means of “mass production” was as ground-breaking as his distinctive subject matter. With other leading American Pop artists, Lichtenstein turned to popular culture and the worlds of commerce and advertising for attitudes and approaches as well as for content. Eliminating any trace of the individual artist’s hand in favor of reinforcing the notion of its mechanical origin, here Lichtenstein emphasized in rigid black outlines and the benday dots of printing the primacy of the image itself – a sentimental, glamorized and equally “mechanical” idealization of the American girl.

Publication History
Merberg, Julie, and Suzanne Bober. How is Mona Lisa Feeling? New York: Downtown Bookworks, 2010. color illus. Fundação Bienal Do Mercosul. Material Pedagógico. Porto Alegre, Brasil, 2008, p. 117, color pl. Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 38, 70 and back cover, cat. 57, color illus. p. 38 and back cover. Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 156, color illus. p. 156. Abe, Nobuo, ed. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc., Japan: 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Committee, 1994, p. 86, 139, cat. 33, color illus. p. 87. Milwaukee Art Museum. The Jewish Contribution in Twentieth-Century Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1993, p. 51, no. 67. Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 218, b/w illus. p. 218. Milwaukee Art Center. Color Renaissance: Sculpture and Painting in the Sixties. Milwaukee Art Center, July 14–August 25, 1974. Illus. (discussed in folder on Lichtenstein that formed part of the catalog (these folders on various artists are the biginnings of a catalog of MAC's permanent collection)). New York Times Magazine (July 21, 1974): cover, color illus. Jackson, David, and Dennis Pepper. Story: An Anthology of Stories and Pictures. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1973, p. 88, illus. p. 88. New York Times Book Review (May 11, 1969): p. 3. Gazette des Beaux Arts (February 1968): illus. Schinneller, James A. Art/Search and Self-Discovery. Scranton: International Textbook Co, second ed., 1968. p. 261, color illus. p. 261. Gimbels-Schusters Fashion Forum. The Milwaukee Scene (Spring, 1966): back cover, b/w reproduction.
Exhibition History
20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2–August 9,1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19–November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–Decebmer 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995. The Jewish Contribution in Twentieth Century Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, November 19, 1993–January 9, 1994. Color Renaissance: Sculpture and Painting in the Sixties, Milwaukee Art Center, July 14–August 25, 1974. Selected Works from the Milwaukee Art Center, Madison Art Center, August 21–September 29,1966.


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