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The Hardest Kind of Archetype: Reflections on Roy Lichtenstein
  • Publisher National Galleries of Scotland
  • Size 16.5 x 21.5 cm

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.

Established following the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Chair of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and named after the painter Sir John Watson Gordon, the Watson Gordon Lectures typify the longstanding and positive collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland: two partners in the Visual Arts Research Institute in Edinburgh. 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 five titles in the series.

Titles to date

The Watson Gordon Lecture 2006: Roger Fry’s Journey from the Primitives to the Post-Impressionists

The Watson Gordon Lecture 2007: Sound, Silence and Modernity in Dutch Pictures of Manners

The Watson Gordon Lecture 2008: Picasso's 'Toys for Adults': Cubism as Surrealism

The Watson Gordon Lecture 2009: The Renaissance Image Unveiled: From Madonna to Venus

48pp | Hardback | 19 illustrations Publication date: April 2011 Hardback


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