Film: Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes and Reflections
London SE1 9TG
Mark Trottenberg, USA 1995, 30 min
This film offers comprehensive documentation on a major public sculpture by the Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Just as he drew inspiration from cartoons and advertising to produce some of the most indelible images in contemporary painting, Lichtenstein became intrigued by a brushstroke he saw in a cartoon as a ‘symbol’ of painting. He started ‘brushstroke paintings’ in 1965 and began making sculptures in the late 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that he embarked on a series of ‘monumental brushstroke sculptures’ which became public works in Paris, Barcelona and, in 1994, Tokyo. In this film, we see Lichtenstein starting from a collection of brushstrokes he created for collages, selecting images, making models, meeting with the Japanese architect and curator, enlarging the drawings to some thirty feet, fabricating the sculptures in a foundry, and finally, installing the sculptures in Tokyo where all the work of preparation gives way to the mystery of creation. In the artist’s own words, ‘It’s just a road you start taking, and you keep correcting and changing until you get something that seems right…I don’t really mind having art go from me to other people, even if I never see it again. I’m interested in doing it…’
Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections
Edgar B. Howard and Seth Schneidman, USA 1993, 30 min
This film features Roy Lichtenstein discussing his work, his artistic process, and the sources of his inspiration. The film also includes appearances by several leading authorities on contemporary art, including Diane Waldman of the Guggenheim Museum, Kirk Varnedoe of the Museum of Modern Art, Robert Rosenblum, Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, and Lichtenstein’s dealer, Leo Castelli, interviewed in his gallery by Isabella Rossellini. The artist was filmed in his studios in New York City and Southampton, Long Island, as well as on location in Los Angeles and Rome. Featured are Lichtenstein’s Large Scale Murals, Reflections Series, and his Interior Series.