Roy Lichtenstein - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Mary Lee Corlett 252; Gemini G.E.L. 1504

  • Catalogue Essay

    Unlike with most print series, the prints of the Interior Series preceded, rather than followed, the paintings of similar subjects.  Most of the images in this series are based on advertisements pulled from Yellow Page telephone directories.

  • 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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Interior Series: Modern Room

Lithograph, woodcut and screenprint in colors, on 4-ply PTI Museum Board, with full margins,
I. 74 3/4 x 50 in. (189.9 x 127 cm)
S. 80 3/4 x 56 in. (205.1 x 142.2 cm)

signed, dated and numbered 47/60 in pencil (there were also 14 artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their blindstamps), a minute scuff in the center of the upper pink shape, otherwise in very good condition, framed.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $35,000

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York