Roy Lichtenstein - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips

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    Maybe harmless in the others hands
    This magnificent print was created in 1982 as a fundraiser for People for the American Way a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, registered in 1981 by the television producer Norman Lear, who was known for his work on All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Goodtimes. A self-described "liberal", he founded the organization in 1980 to challenge the conservative Christian agenda of the Moral Majority.
    It seems harmless to say I LOVE LIBERTY, but these three innocent words - soon to be banned - along with books that only describe one side of the picture. Although there will always be many ways to interpret this simple sentence, I think Roy Lichtenstein, a second-generation American Jew, and Norman Lear, a first-generation American Jew, have a shared relationship with this work.
    The print is now over 40 years old along with the children who were born the year it was produced. Half of which were girls, now women, that have now had sacrosanct rights taken away from them. The moral majority has now taken control of the supreme court and People for the American Way continues its mission today as a progressive advocacy group to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom and justice for all. 
    Just keep saying
    and register to vote!

    • Provenance

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

    • Literature

      Mary Lee Corlett 192

Property from an Important Contemporary Collection


I Love Liberty (C. 192)

Screenprint in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 32 1/2 x 21 in. (82.6 x 53.3 cm)
S. 38 1/2 x 27 1/8 in. (97.8 x 68.9 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 'AP 11/73' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 250), co-published by the artist and People for the American Way, Washington, D.C., framed.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $81,900

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022