Artist's signature blend of elevated and popular brought comic book aesthetics into the world of high art.

This article titled “Roy Lichtenstein: from heresy to visionary” was written by Sarah Churchwell, for The Guardian on Saturday 23rd February 2013 09.01 UTC

In November 2011, Roy Lichtenstein‘s 1961 I Can See the Whole Room … and There’s Nobody in It! was sold by Christie’s for $43.2 million. The painting depicts a large back square, out of which a circle has been cut. From behind the circle peers the face of a jutting-jawed comic-strip man, illuminated by a bright background of yellow. He is looking through a peephole, at the viewer; above him a dialogue bubble declares that he can see no one in the room where we, presumably, are standing. The irony shoots in many directions, not least towards that perennial question demanded of modern art: is there any there there?

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