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Roy Lichtenstein, Zipper, 1962. Graphite pencil. Collection of Barbara Bertozzi Castelli © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

The 1960s marked a dramatic change of direction in the art of Roy Lichtenstein: while his earlier works consisted mainly of paintings of American history and the American West, in 1961 he turned to black-and-white drawings. Inspired by advertising and media illustrations as well as by comic strips, Lichtenstein created about seventy impressive black-and-white drawings between 1961 and 1968. These were completely new in terms of subject and style. In the same period, the artist also made numerous black-and-white paintings, whose subjects were very close to those of the drawings. The latter, however, are not to be understood as preparatory studies for the works on canvas; they much rather form a separate, individual group of artworks. The Albertina presents the black-and-white drawings in conjunction with selected black-and-white paintings for the first time in this special exhibition.

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Roy Lichtenstein, Man with Coat, 1961. Pochoir, brush, pen and india ink. The Sonnabend Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Finger Pointing, 1961. Graphite pencil, pochoir, brush and india ink. Privatsammlung, New York Private Collection, New York © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Baked Potato, 1962. Brush and india ink and synthetic polymer paint. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange). 385.1984. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY / The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Keds, 1962. Frottage and graphite pencil. Collection of James N. James N. Goodman Irrevocable Trust © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Bratatat!, 1962. Frottage and graphite pencil. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Ethel Morrison Van Berlip Fund © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Foot Medication, 1962. Frottage and graphite pencil. The Menil Collection, Houston, Bequest of David Whitney. Photographer: George Hixon, Houston © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, I Know How You Must Feel, Brad!, 1963. Graphite pencil, pochoir and lithographic rubbing crayon. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photography: Schecter Lee, 2009 / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Bread and Jam, 1963. Graphite pencil, pochoir and lithographic rubbing crayon. The Sonnabend Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Him, 1964. Graphite pencil, pochoir and lithographic rubbing crayon. Saint Louis Art Museum, Eliza McMillan Trust and Friends, Fund 138: 1972 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Landscape, 1964. Graphite pencil, pochoir and lithographic rubbing crayon. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of John Berrgrruen © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, NOK!! NOK!! (Door from A Room, Aspen), 1967. Painted wood, metal, acrylic paint, and tape. Collection of De Wain Valentine © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Kiss IV, 1963. Oil on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Bathroom, 1961. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of the American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President. / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Atomic Landscape, 1966. Oil and Magna on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Turkey, 1961. Oil on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Landscape, 1965. Oil and Magna on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Baked Potato, 1962. Acrylic on canvas. Kunsthaus Zürich, Schenkung aus Sammlung Erna und Curt Burgauer © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Gas Station Attendant, 1961. Oil on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Woman in Bath, 1963. Oil on canvas. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Cup of Coffee, 1961. Oil on canvas. The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Bread in Bag, 1961. Oil on canvas. Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011

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Roy Lichtenstein, Peanut Butter Cup, 1962. Oil on canvas. The Sonnabend Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / VBK Vienna, 2011