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Roy Lichtenstein Painting

A Christie’s employee looks at Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘I Can See the Whole Room… and There’s Nobody in It’ on October 7, 2011 in London, England. Estimated at $35-45 million the painting will be auctioned at Christie’s New York in November 2011. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A design student from the School of the Art Institute has been picked to have his artwork displayed in mural form along the Kennedy Expressway.

Adam Horrigan has been picked to paint his design on the three walls of the Bank of America mural wall facing the Kennedy, near Ashland and Armitage avenues. The mural will be on display during the spring and summer, and will coincide with the school’s global sponsorship of the new exhibit, “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,” which will open at the Art Institute May 16.

Horrigan’s design will feature images of the Chicago flag, the Chicago River and assorted architectural landmarks, but in what the school describes as “big, bold colors” reminiscent of Lichtenisten’s pop art style.

Lichtenstein was known for his images presented in the style of old-fashioned comic strips, with dramatic expressions and speech bubbles accompanying the hard-edged images colored with Ben-Day dots. He rose to fame during the early 1960s.

The new exhibit is the first scholarly assessment of Lichtenstein’s work since he died in 1997. Bank of America is sponsoring the exhibit, which will be at the Art Institute through Sept. 13, and will then go on to Washington, D.C.; London; and Paris.

Horrigan is a native of the upstate New York town of Grand Island. He is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate in visual communication design.

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