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Lichtenstein painting handwritten notes

ROY LICHTENSTEIN. DESK CALENDAR, 1962. © ESTATE OF ROY LICHTENSTEIN. THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES. THE PANZA COLLECTION.

An Art Institute intern, Steve Schmitt, wrote a nice blog post about one of his favorite artworks in the Roy Lichentstein show now showing at the Art Insitute of Chicago.

A lot has changed since the 1960s; within my Google calendar, all of the words look exactly the same. I still can tell through the subject and the creativity of the writing what I actually wrote, but the visuals no longer help in making that distinction. I might now be able to get electronic invitations and reminders five minutes before a meeting, but Desk Calendar also makes me realize that I also might have given up a little piece of my humanity in exchange.

Read the entire post Black and White.

Great point on how technology like Google calendar doesn’t allow for the personal handwriting. Right now I’m trying to strike a balance when I read eBooks. While I like having my marginalia notes be indexable, I still get enjoyment out of writing in the margins with a pen or pencil. The happy medium might be reading a book PDF on the iPad and using a stylus to write notes in the margins.

Speaking of the iPad, it makes me curious what sort of artwork Lichtenstein would have done if the iPad was around during his heyday of art creation.

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