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Look Mickey is a 1961 oil on canvas painting by Roy Lichtenstein. Based
on an illustration showing Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck during a fishing
mishap, it is widely regarded as the bridge between his abstract
expressionism and pop art works. It is notable for its ironic humor and
aesthetic value as well as being the first example of the artist's
employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery as a
source for a painting. Building on his late 1950s drawings of comic
strips characters, Look Mickey marks Lichtenstein's first full
employment of painterly techniques to reproduce almost faithful
representations of pop culture and so satirize and comment upon the then
developing process of mass production of visual imagery. In this,
Lichtenstein pioneered a motif that became influential not only in 1960s
Pop art but continuing to the work of artists today. The work dates from
Lichtenstein's first solo exhibition, and is regarded by art critics as
revolutionary both as a progression of pop art and as a work of modern
art in general. It was later shown hanging prominently in Lichtenstein's
studio in his 1973 painting, Artist's Studio—Look Mickey.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_Mickey>
Today's selected anniversaries:
American Civil War: The Confederate Army began an attempt to
gain control of the Southwest with a major victory in the Battle of
The Carolina Parakeet (pictured), the only parrot species
native to the eastern United States, became extinct when the last
individual died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Rezā Khan seized Tehran to make himself the most powerful
person in Iran, which eventually led to the establishment of the Pahlavi
Black nationalist Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a
speech in New York City's Audubon Ballroom.
After accidentally having strayed into Israeli airspace, Libyan
Arab Airlines Flight 114 was shot down by two Israeli fighter planes.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
jump the shark:
1. (idiomatic, of a television program or other narrative) To undergo a
storyline development which heralds a fundamental and generally
disappointing change in direction.
2. (more generally) To experience a decline in quality, appeal, popularity,
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Follow, poet, follow right To the bottom of the night, With your
unconstraining voice Still persuade us to rejoice; With the farming of a
verse Make a vineyard of the curse, Sing of human unsuccess In a rapture
of distress; In the deserts of the heart Let the healing fountains
start, In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise.
--W. H. Auden
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