Pop Secrets — Former Assistant to Art Innovator Roy Lichtenstein Takes Us Inside His Studio and Beyond

James DePasquale speaks about his relationship with pop art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein in advance of an upcoming talk in Driggs, Idaho.
Blonde Crying Lichtenstein

by | Feb 21, 2020 | Art & Design, Culture

Pop art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein blazed a new path for modern art. His paintings of “blonde girls crying” in a primary color palette are instantly recognizable and iconic of mid- to late-20th century art.

It was not only the look of Lichtenstein’s work that was innovative, but also the conversation it stirred. His art is often seen as ironic or satirical, a commentary on how advertising and media are designed for public consumption. He mined materials from ads, comics and everyday life.

James dePasquale was Lichtenstein’s studio assistant for more than 25 years, from 1972 until Lichtenstein’s death in 1998. That meant dePasquale assisted Lichtenstein in the production of more than 250 paintings, collages and sculptures. Today, dePasquale serves as the studio manager for the Lichtenstein Estate, offering a window into Lichtenstein’s life and work.


Ahead of his appearance through the Teton Arts Council on Saturday, February 22, in Driggs, Idaho, dePasquale discussed his 25 years working alongside one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists.

Above: “Crying Girl,” 1963, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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