Roy Lichtenstein | I Can See the Whole Room...And There's Nobody in It! | 1961
Oil and graphite on canvas, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm).
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
The Tremaines first met Roy Lichtenstein in 1961, just before he began to exhibit his work with the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City. During that same year he began to paint comic strip characters and incorporate Ben-day dots (used in print illustrations and newspapers) into his work; these allusions to print media would become defining features of his style. I Can See the Whole Room...and There's Nobody in It! has red Ben-day dots that shadow the chiseled face of a Clark-Kent-like man peering through a hole. The title appears in a speech bubble and the canvas is a perfect square-conventions appropriated from comic strips for the gallery wall, illustrating the widespread influence of pop culture.