Roy Lichtenstein - Evening & Day Editions New York Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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    Mary Lee Corlett 239

  • Catalogue Essay

    Roy Lichtenstein
    Lots 92-104
    A selection of works from 1965-1996

    In a trip through art history Roy Lichtenstein was the ultimate voyager. As he painted during the postwar period, global travel, television and newsreels condensed the art of far-flung places and far-off times into pictures made universally accessible to the public for the first time. To cultural theorists questioning whether or not high culture and low art could ever be unified, Lichtenstein offered the bold quotation of pleasurable subjects as a serious answer. He borrowed motifs from art history, art deco hotels, movie theaters and cruise ships; in bright, friendly colors his prints and paintings manufactured pastiches like those mass media replicated on screens.

    Lichtenstein believed in the art object’s democracy and “smiled at the idea of making a mechanical Monet”; within just one year of his painting he not only took on the subject of modern masters (Picasso, Pollock et al.) but also comic book reproductions. Lichtenstein elaborated that his work was “an involvement with what I think to be the most brazen [. . .] characteristics of our culture . . .which are also powerful in their impingement upon us . . .”


Reflections on Crash, from Reflections Series

Lithograph, screenprint, relief and metallized PVC collage with embossing in colors, on Somerset paper, with full margins.
I. 53 x 69 in. (134.7 x 175.4 cm)
S. 59 3/8 x 75 1/8 in. (150.7 x 190.8 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 30/68 in pencil (there were also 16 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $175,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 17 October 2018