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The Hardest Kind of Archetype: Reflections on Roy Lichtenstein

Hal Foster

The Watson Gordon Lecture 2010

This lecture, the fifth in the series, was given by Hal Foster, Townsend Martin ’17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Professor Foster is an acknowledged expert on modernist art and architecture, and has a particular fascination with Pop art. His wide-ranging lecture on Roy Lichtenstein is a gripping engagement with the multiple aspects of the artist’s work: the conjunctions of art and technology, the satirical playing with previous modernist styles, and the sinister background of the military-industrial complex. The book illustrates a range of works from throughout the artist’s career.

Series: The Watson Gordon Lecture Series

The Watson Gordon Lectures, established in 2006, typify the long-standing collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Each lecture is by a leading scholar and reveals new research on a focused topic. The lectures are delivered and published annually, and now number eight titles in the series.

Titles to date

1. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2006 by Caroline Elam: Roger Fry’s Journey from the Primitives to the Post-Impressionists
2. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2007 by Mariët Westermann: Sound, Silence and Modernity in Dutch Pictures of Manners 
3. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2008 by Neil Cox: Picasso's 'Toys for Adults': Cubism as Surrealism
4. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2009 by Paul Hills: The Renaissance Image Unveiled: From Madonna to Venus
5. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2010 by Hal Foster: ‘The Hardest Kind of Archetype’: Reflections on Roy Lichtenstein
6. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2011 by Mark Hallett: Faces in a Library: Sir Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Streatham Worthies’
7. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2013 by Richard Kendall: ‘Studying Nature as a Hunter, a Savage’: Vincent van Gogh and Karl Bodmer
8. The Watson Gordon Lecture 2014 by David Bomford: Unfinished Paintings: Narratives of the Non-Finito

48pp | Hardback | 19 illustrations 2011


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