Review of Roy Lichtenstein's "Look Mickey"
By: David K. Montoya

Welcome to the conclusion of our three month long review on Roy Lichtenstein, in this time I hope that I have entertained, enlightened and educated you a little about one of my favorite artists in the Pop Culture Revolution. Since this is to be my final art review (as our full timer returns next month––Congratulations on her engagement, by the way), I had decided to go with Lichtenstein's final piece of art. Well, that send me down a few hour rabbit hole, with the outcome of no one is actually sure what way the artist's last creation. So, I elected to do a complete about–face and go with a piece that many believed to be his bridge between his abstract expressionism and pop art works, with Look Mickey.

Now, I joked in the first review about my admiration for Lichtenstein's bravery for ripping off van Gogh, but let's face it van Gogh was already dead and any ramifications would come from the way of critics. But, With "Look Mikey," when I first saw this, my first thought was, And, he didn't get sued by the Disney Corporation?!

The key notes to take way from this painting is that Look Mickey was the very first time the Artist employed his painting style that would make him famous using Ben–Day Dot and the use of word balloons like seen in comics.

Lichtenstein decided to use an image from an illustrated story book which portrayed Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck during what is explained as a simple fishing trip with tons of mishaps. I think because made heavy changes to the original, for example the change in color scheme and perspective, while still making the Lichtenstein statements underlined in all his works keep Disney Lawyers off his heels.

The painting was included in Lichtenstein's first solo exhibition at The Leo Castelli Gallery, a show in which all the works had pre–sold before the opening which ran for almost an entire month from February 10th through March 3rd in 1962.

In the Artist's studio, Look Mickey, it hung sonorously on a wall of the pictorial space intended to depict his studio as the ideal studio, it is debated among critics that it directly implied that Lichtenstein's popularity with said critics was conformation his decision of pop culture subject matter.

Closing out this review, we reach into the past and find the Artist as he reflected about Look Mickey, he said:

The idea of doing a cartoon painting without apparent alteration just occurred to me ... and I did one really almost half seriously to get an idea of what it might look like. And as I was painting this painting I kind of got interested in organizing it as a painting and brought it to some kind of conclusion as an aesthetic statement, which I hadn't really intended to do to begin with. And then I really went back to my other kind of painting, which was pretty abstract. Or tried to. But I had this cartoon painting in my studio, and it was a little too formidable. I couldn't keep my eyes off it, and it sort of prevented me from painting in any other way, and then I decided this stuff was really serious ... I would say I had it on my easel for a week. I would just want to see what it looked like. I tried to make it a work of art. I wasn't trying just to copy. I realized that this was just so much more compelling.

— Lichtenstein,