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Forms in Space, 1985Screenprint 31 d x 47 1/2 w in 78.74 h x 120.65 w cm
Roy Lichtenstein drew inspiration from popular American themes for his artworks. Forms in Space depicts the American flag, elevating the readymade icon to the realm of art. In his signature style, Lichtenstein breaks down the flag’s elemental features of stars and stripes into large blue dots and thick red diagonal lines. Lichtenstein produced the print for the Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual benefit Rally ‘Round the Flag in 1985, a theme-based fundraiser that celebrated American symbols and morals. Forms in Space resembles other 20th century artists’ renderings of the American flag, such as Jasper John’s Flag paintings of the 1950s, and Claus Oldenburg’s flag sculptures and paintings of the 1960s.