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Inspired by a furniture advertisement on a billboard outside Rome, Lichtenstein made a series of large ?interior? paintings between 1991 and 1993. He has transferred the dimensions of the billboard and a visual style reminiscent of advertising into a fine art context. The combination is highly unsettling, simultaneously encouraging and undermining recognition in the viewer. The scale creates an unreal space that situates us both within and outside the picture, as if it were a room that could be entered.

September 2004