"I am anti-experimental, and anti-contemplative, anti-nuance, anti-getting-away-from-the-tyranny-of-the-rectangle, anti-movement-and-light, anti-mystery, anti-paint-quality, anti-Zen, and anti all of those brilliant ideas of preceding movements which everyone understands so thoroughly." –Roy Lichtenstein A World War II fighter plane blasts upwards in the sky, the pilot cackling from the cockpit. The highly charged, emotional subject matter is at odds with Roy Lichtenstein’s impersonal techniques—the flat colors, strong graphics, and Ben-Day dots he borrows from comic books. The result is an “action painting,” but one entirely at odds with the raw, improvisational “action paintings” found in the previous gallery. In addition to the ironic commentary he makes about Abstract Expressionism, Lichtenstein subtly critiques the escalating violence seen during the United State’s involvement in Vietnam.



  • Title: Live Ammo (Ha! Ha! Ha!)
  • Creator: Roy Lichtenstein
  • Creator Lifespan: 1923/1997
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: New York City, NY
  • Creator Birth Place: New York City, NY
  • Date: 1962/1962
  • Location Created: United States
  • Provenance: The artist; possibly Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, N.Y.; Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca., 1963; Ben Birillo, New York, N.Y.; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York, N.Y., 1966; Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown, Mass., 1966; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum of Art, 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 68 x 68 in. (172.7 x 172.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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