May 2, 2024 - Culture

Historical marker: Columbus' greatest artists

A historical marker for "Roy Lichtenstein" next to an outdoor sculpture.

The marker at 480 E. Broad St. Photos: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

A marker outside the art museum appropriately highlights two famous artists with Columbus connections.

The marker: Roy Lichtenstein and George Bellows at 480 E. Broad St.

Flashback: Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was from New York but moved here to study art at OSU, where he later served as an instructor.

  • He eventually became, per the marker, "one of the most acclaimed artists of the Pop Art movement that revolutionized visual culture in the 1960s."
  • His work, often created using a pointillism technique, was inspired by comic books and advertisements.
  • A commissioned sculpture by Lichtenstein, Brushstrokes in Flight, is displayed inside John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Meanwhile, the National Gallery of Art called Bellows (1882-1925) a "quintessential American artist."

  • The Columbus native was initially known for his gritty depictions of urban life, though he later painted landscapes and portraits.

4️⃣4️⃣ down, 84 to go.

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A historical marker for George Bellows in front of the Columbus Museum of Art.
The other side of the marker.

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