Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Brushstroke Contest’, 1989, michael lisi / contemporary art

This image was initially designed for use on a poster for the 24th Olympiad, but it was never used for that purpose. The brushstroke form the Chinese characters for “contest” and this large, bold original print is an original lithograph in colors created by the artist in 1989. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, it measures 49 7/8 x 39 7/8 in. (126.7 x 101.3 cm), unframed and is from the edition of 36. Printed by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, NY it is designated in the artist’s catalogue raisonne as Corlett 235.

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York