Michael Lobel received his B.A. in Studio Art from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University. He is the author of three books: Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art(Yale University Press, 2002), James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2009), and John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration (Yale University Press, 2014), for which he was awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art.
His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, the Dedalus Foundation, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and the Getty Research Institute. A regular contributor to exhibition catalogues and to such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and Art Bulletin, he has written on the interaction between painting and photography in the 1950s and 1960s; art criticism and the global turn; realist modes in the 1970s; and a wide range of postwar artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Sturtevant, Rosalyn Drexler, Robert Colescott, and Laurie Simmons.