ROY LICHTENSTEIN: POP'S MOST POPULAR

WITH HUMOR AND STYLE, ROY LICHTENSTEIN MADE BEAUTY OUT OF TRASH

Roy Lichtenstein, who died at 73 last week of complications arising from pneumonia, was not quite the most famous of the American Pop artists. That honor belonged to Andy Warhol, who made it somewhat dubious. Lichtenstein was always lower-key as a person, reserved, wryly courteous and not a great believer in the virtues of publicity. He neither sought nor avoided the limelight.

Born in New York City in 1923, Lichtenstein served a stint in the Air Force during World War II--which must have laid the ground of his later comic-strip images of gung-ho pilots blasting their enemies from the sky--and then,...

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