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  • Catalogue Essay

    Roy Lichtenstein built a bridge between “high” and “low” culture by appropriating canonical images from art history within his characteristically "comic-book" compositions. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Alexander Archipenko and Oscar Schlemmer are all here; this print was based upon a 1989 mural that the artist completed for the Tel Aviv Museum. Amusedly, Cold Shoulder, one of Lichtenstein's signature blondes gazed upon this pastiche of work by such artists housed within the Tel Aviv Museum’s own collection. The scene reflected within sharp, geometric shapes across the work’s second half in a jesting jab at art history’s long—and perhaps bewildering—march into abstraction.

  • 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 a Private California Collection

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Tel Aviv Museum Print

1989
Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 20 5/8 x 51 1/2 in. (52.4 x 130.8 cm)
S. 26 1/4 x 56 1/2 in. (66.7 x 143.5 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 10/60 in pencil (there were also 20 artist's proof), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $56,250

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New York Auction 24 April 2018