The New York Times reports that Ernst Neizvestny, the sculptor who famously debated Nikita Kruschev on aesthetics at a Moscow exhibition, has passed away at the age of 91. Neizvestny confronted the former Soviet head over an exhibition in 1962, and discussed the arts for some time, arguing in favor of his own modes of abstraction and technique, ultimately impressing Kruschev. “You’re an interesting man — I enjoy people like you — but inside you there are an angel and a devil,” Kruschev reportedly told him. “If the devil wins, we’ll crush you. If the angel wins, we’ll do all we can to help you.”
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Roy Lichtenstein, Kiss V via World Gallery
b. October 27, 1923 in New York City
d. September 29, 1997 in New York City
Arts Students League of New York
Ohio State University
Roy Fox Lichetenstein is a influential and prominent American Pop artist. He is best known for his comic book style. His first Pop paintings were influenced by cartoon images and techniques from commercial printing. His large scale work Look Mickey (1961) was his first work with Benday Dots and resulted from a challenge from his one of sons.
Look Mickey (1961) via Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
His most famous work is Whaam! (1963) which was adopted from a comic book panel from an issue of DC Comic’s All American Men of War.
Whaam! (1963) via Tate
Lichetenstein was also a sculptor using metal and plastic. He has a public sculpture named Lamp in St. Mary’s in Georgia.
He died of pneumonia in 1997.
Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl via World Gallery