Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Crak !’, 1963, TAG TheArtGallery

Crak! (1963) is an exhibition poster published by Posters Originals in 1963 for a Leo Castelli exhibition held from September 28 to October 24, 1963. Referenced in Corlett no. II.2.C, Bianchini (1971) cat. no. 5, Zerner (1974) cat. no. 7. Named for its onomatopoeic graphic text, Lichtensteinís ìCrak!î is a first edition poster, not a reproduction. The poster image presents a beret-clad woman shooting a rifle. Lichtenstein recomposed the comic book source ó from a story written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Jack Abel in Star Spangled War Stories #102 (Apr./May 1962) ó by cropping the subject and replacing the mound of sand with a pile of sandbags.

Signature: Hand signed by Roy Lichtenstein in pencil in the lower right margin.

Leo Castelli Gallery, 1963.

Referenced in Corlett no. II.2.C
Bianchini (1971) cat. no. 5
Zerner (1974) cat. no. 7.

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