Hand Signed : Signed And Dated in Pencil on the Reverse Condition : Excellent Framed with Plexiglass Purchased from : Private Collector Story / Additional Info : Original Editions, New York, publisher, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I Bianchini 1970, 219.9; Corlett 1994, 77.37 From a 2015 Landscape Show.Lichtenstein had a home in the ocean-fronting Long Island, New York, town of Southampton but when he dreamed up the dramatic seascapes he created throughout his long career, he tended to focus on pictorial clichés, vistas that alluded to images from visual pop culture rather than specific local topography. It should probably come as no surprise that an artist best known for tightly cropped paintings of comic book characters kissing would appropriate similar mass-market imagery when making landscapes—a travel advertisement, say, or a cartoon backdrop with the figures excised. Though, for those of us familiar only with Lichtenstein’s greatest hits, the fact that he focused on landscapes at all may be the biggest surprise. Lichtenstein,switched gears every two or three years to avoid literally painting himself into a corner. But he returned to images of the sea and sky many times over the course of four decades, in sculpture, paintings, prints, film, and mural.Lichtenstein liked to work with reflective surfaces, and materials that ranged from brass and aluminum, to baked enamel, to commercially available plastics. While making a series of landscapes in the mid sixties, Lichtenstein was particularly fond of an iridescent, almost holographic film called Rowlux, which was more often seen wrapped around drum kits than in art galleries (drummers Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith were fans). Shiny and constantly shifting, Rowlux offered the perfect means for Lichtenstein to reflect the ephemerality of water and air using something utterly unnatural Jack Cowart executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation explained ..a sort of ready-made nature it was vulgar enough that he could enhance it, transform it into something that was aesthetic. That was a nice hidden interest: how to take something that was degraded and improve it to an object of aesthetic contemplation.
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Roy Lichtenstein - United States
Art Brokerage: Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist known for his paintings and prints which referenced commercial art and popular culture icons like Mickey Mouse. Composed using Ben-Day dots—the method used by newspapers and comic strips to denote gradients and texture—Lichtenstein’s work mimicked the mechanical technique with his own hand on a much larger scale. He was a leading figure in establishing the Pop Art movement, along with Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. “I take a cliché and try to organize its forms to make it monumental. The difference is often not great, but it is crucial,” he once said of his work. Born on October 27, 1923 in New York, NY, he studied under painting under Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League of New York after graduating from high school. Drafted by the US Army during World War II, he notably encountered the works of European masters and contemporary artists while stationed in France. After the war, he returned to America and completed his degree at Ohio State University, producing paintings in the vein of Abstract Expressionism. Lichtenstein began teaching art at Rutgers University during the late 1950s, meeting fellow faculty members involved in the New York art scene, including the performance artist Allan Kaprow. By the early 1960s, he had begun showing with Leo Castelli gallery in New York, and made major breakthroughs with works such as Drowning Girl (1963), a satirical take on melodramatic pulp fiction of the era. Themes of irony and cliché prevailed throughout the remainder of Lichtenstein’s career, as evinced in his Haystacks (1969), a take on the canonical series by Claude Monet. The artist died on September 29, 1997 in New York, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Modern in London. Listings wanted.
Limited Edition Print: 3-D Color Lithograph Construction
Size: 12x9 in | 30x23 cm
Edition: From the Edition of 80
Other Frame: Custom Plexiglass Frame Housing 3-D Lithograph Cut
Hand Signed: Custom Plexiglass Frame With Window on the Verso to Display the Signature