Roy Lichtenstein - Editions & Works on Paper New York Friday, July 24, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jan Cowles, New York; bequest to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2019

  • Literature

    Mary Lee Corlett Appendix 7

  • 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 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund


Whaam! Poster

Two offset lithographs in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
both I. 24 3/4 x 29 in. (62.9 x 73.7 cm)
both S. 25 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (64.1 x 74.9 cm)

Signed, from the edition of 1,450 printed in 1967 (there were also two editions of 2,000 in 1968 and 1971, an edition of 2,500 in 1973, an edition of 4,000 in 1978, and four editions of 3,000 in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1988), published by The Tate Gallery, London, framed.

$2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $18,750

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020