Roy Lichtenstein

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Somewhere deep in my memory, in a world far away on another continent, with different views and smells and people, I admired Roy Lichtenstein before I knew what pop-art even was.

Every month or two, my mother would take us to our pediatrician, my brothers and I, always in a bunch. In my memory, that long, gray hallway with dim lights and the funny smell of sterilized medical tools always lead up to the one entertaining moment before entering the friendly atmosphere of our doctor’s office: the magnificent masterpiece of pop-art by Roy himself, “M-Maybe!” The framed piece of art stood out like an oasis in the desert, and I always thought- why is this picture here? What does it mean?

Now, I understand some could ask, this is art? YesSimple evidence is his work fascinating people for decades past, and decades to come. Even more effortless proof is the way it astonished even a child’s imagination, taking her far into another realm, breaking off from the cruel reality of a high fever or vaccine appointment.

While walking home the other evening, I stumbled upon a street market selling books on art, and there it was: LICHTENSTEIN. Needless to say it became mine instantly.

If you’re in Paris, check out the exhibition in Centre Georges Pompidou, up since July 2nd!

Marija

Negdje duboko u mom sjecanju, u svijetu daleko odavdje, na drugom kontinentu s drugacijim mirisima i pogledima i ljudima, voljela sam Roya Lichtensteina, prije nego sto sam uopce znala sto je pop-art.

Svakih mjesec-dva, mama bi bracu i mene sve zadjedno odvela pedijatru. U sjecanju mi je ostao dugi, sivi hodnik sa prigusenim svjetlima i cudnim mirisom steriliziranih medicinskih alata. Taj hodnik je uvijek vodio jednom jedinom zabavnom trenutku svakoga posjeta doktoru: prekrasnom remek-djelu pop-arta, “M-Maybe!”. Uokvireno djelo je u tom sivom ambijentu iskakalo kao oaza usred pustinje. Uvijek sam se pitala- zasto je ova slika tu? Koje joj je znacenje?

Razumijem da bi se netko mogao pitati, cekaj- ovo je umjetnost? Da. Najjednostavniji dokaz je cinjenica da mu djela faciniraju ljude diljem svijeta vec desteljecima. Jos jednostavniji je da je ostavilo i dijete zapanjenim, odvelo ju u novi svijet, od okrutne realnosti koja je vjerojatno bila visoka temperatura ili cjepljenje.

Hodajuci doma nekuvecer, naletila sam na buvljak gdje se prodaju svakakve knjige, vecinom o umjetnosti. Tamo sam ju ugledala: LICHTENSTEIN. Nepotrebno je i spominjati da je odmah postala moja.

Ako ste u Parizu, izlozba Roy Lichtensteina u centru Georges Pompidou traje od 02.07. !

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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