Cold Shoulder, 1963
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Robert H. Halff through the Modern and Contemporary Art Council (M.2005.38.5)
Oil and Magna on canvas, 68 ½ x 48 in.
Roy Lichtenstein is among a group of artists whose poignant and deft transformations of commercial imagery became known in the 1960s as Pop Art. For his first body of work, Lichtenstein appropriated and manipulated comic-strip imagery using limited, flat colors and precise drawing. The woman in this work says “Hello,” but it is hardly a greeting: her back is against the viewer. Using techniques employed in the production of comics, Lichtenstein depicts his subject’s skin through a handmade imitation of a mechanized process known as Benday (printer’s) dots.