Albertina, Vienna
January 28 to May 15, 2011
Albertinaplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna
+43 1 534 83 0

The 1960s marked a dramatic change of direction in the art of Roy Lichtenstein: while his
earlier works consisted mainly of paintings of American history and the American West, in
1961 he turned to black-and-white drawings. Inspired by advertising and media illustrations
as well as by comic strips, Lichtenstein created about seventy impressive black-and-white
drawings between 1961 and 1968. These were completely new in terms of subject and style.
In the same period, the artist also made numerous black-and-white paintings, whose
subjects were very close to those of the drawings. The latter, however, are not to be
understood as preparatory studies for the works on canvas; they much rather form a
separate, individual group of artworks. For the first time, The Albertina presents the black-and-white drawings in conjunction with selected black-and-white paintings at this special exhibition.