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Lobel, Michael

LOBEL, Michael

PERSONAL: Male. Education: Wesleyan University, B.A., 1990; Yale University, M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 1999.

ADDRESSES: Office—School of Humanities, SUNY Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY 10577.

CAREER: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, lecturer, 1996–2000; Yale University, New Haven, CT, instructor, 1999–2000; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, assistant professor, 2002–04; Purchase College, State University of New York, assistant professor of art history, director of M.A. program in modern and contemporary art, criticism, and theory, 2004–.

MEMBER: Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Gerry Research Institute post-doctoral fellowship, 2000–02; Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellowship, 2003.


Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2002.

Contributor to periodicals, including Art Journal, Artforum, and Oxford Art Journal.

SIDELIGHTS: Michael Lobel has taught courses in modern art, pop art, and mass culture, the last being the general theme of his first book, Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art. The volume documents the career and work of the late artist, particularly as it borrowed from comic books and advertisements during the 1960s, and its place in the evolution of advertising, visual technology, and mechanical reproduction. Lobel also studies the ways in which Lichtenstein addressed a variety of cultural issues through his art and makes comparisons to the work of Lichtenstein's contemporary, Andy Warhol, as well as others of the period. He follows the pop art movement and its relationship to popular culture and modern art.

Library Journal contributor Savannah Schroll wrote that the author "presents Lichtenstein as a shrewd if occasionally ironic manipulator of lowbrow cultural ephemera who struggled with the paradox of being a painter in the age of mechanical reproduction." A writer for the Virginia Quarterly Review called Image Duplicator "an impressive interpretation of Lichtenstein's work and its place within early Pop art."



Library Journal, April 1, 2002, Savannah Schroll, review of Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art, p. 102.

Virginia Quarterly Review, autumn, 2002, review of Image Duplicator, p. 139.


Purchase College Web site, (June 10, 2005), "Michael Lobel."

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