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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Castelli Graphics, Roy Lichtenstein: New Editions, Lithographs, Sculptures, Reliefs, September - October 1970 (another example exhibited)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Multiples: The First Decade, March 5 - April 4, 1971, n.p. (another example exhibited)
    The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, A Selection of 20th Century Three-Dimensional Portraits and Related Drawings, November 1984 - January 1985, p. 15 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, Roy Lichtenstein: Three Decades of Sculpture, August 15 - October 4, 1992, n.p. (another example exhibited)
    Mexico City, Museo del Palacio De Bellas Artes, Salas Nacional y Diego Rivera; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art (as Roy Lichtenstein: Sculpture & Drawings, cat. no. 34, pp. 57, 96, illustrated, p. 96); Valencia, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno; La Coruña, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza; Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belem, Roy Lichtenstein, Escultura, Pintura Y Grafica, July 1998 - August 2000 (another example exhibited)
    Washington, D.C., The White House, Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House - Exhibition V, 1997, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Gregorio Magnani and Daniel Buchholz, eds., International Index of Multiples: From Duchamp to the Present, Cologne, 1993, p. 125 (another example)

  • Artist Biography

    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most influential and innovative American artists of the post-war period, Roy Lichtenstein ushered in the prominence of Pop Art through his high-impact representations of consumer imagery, common entertainment, and the accoutrements of contemporary life rendered in the Ben-Day dots of contemporary comic strips. Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with often-disparaged commercial source imagery from an ironic distance as he considered the nature of the banal and probed the boundaries of what fine art could be.

     

    While Lichtenstein’s early Pop work cemented his status as one of the main figures of one of the most iconic and original movements of postmodernism, he continued to develop his practice over the course of the following decades until his death in 1997. Retaining his characteristic comic style and ironic distance, Lichtenstein engaged new and disparate influences from Abstract Expressionism to Chinese landscape painting to evolve the subject of his own work and consider the contradictions of representation, style, and substance. Lichtenstein is a central figure in the 20th century art historical canon and accordingly his work is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Property from an Important East Coast Collection

231

Untitled Head I

incised with the artist's signature, number and date "Lichtenstein '70 25/75" and stamped with Gemini foundry mark on a plaque affixed to the underside
brass
25 1/2 x 11 x 6 in. (64.8 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm.)
Executed in 1970, this work is number 25 from an edition of 75.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $50,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018