Andy Warhol’s 1962 silkscreen painting “Four Marilyns” sold for $38.2 million at Phillips in New York Thursday night, the top price in a $78.6 contemporary- art sale that concluded two weeks of semi-annual evening auctions.
<p>Like many revolutionaries, the late <a href="http://search1.bloomberg.com/search?q=Roy%20Lichtenstein&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja" data="" type="" tooltip="" title="" target="_blank">Roy Lichtenstein</a> was at heart a bit of a conservative.</p><p>Superficially, his introduction of the graphic formulae of comic books into serious art looks subversive. Actually, as a spectacular new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern makes clear, everything he did was from the most highbrow of motives.</p><p>Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was -- as he kept insisting -- not so much a fan of popular culture as that austere thing, a formalist. He was also, if not exactly a late beginner, definitely a late succeeder. It was not until 1961, when he was pushing 40, that he had his breakthrough moment.</p><p>Before that, he had been living in the sticks, doggedly producing second-string abstract paintings (and listening, by the way, to Bach and Bebop, not rock’n’roll). Few of those early abstractions are in the exhibition.</p><p>Left, "Whaam!" (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein is already familiar to visitors at the Tate. </p> Source: Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012 via Bloomberg
The first U.S. retrospective of Chinese Conceptualist, architect and activist Ai Weiwei is at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It’s clear that his cultural significance far outweighs his artistic importance.