Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Crying Girl’, 1963, michael lisi / contemporary art

From the original printing with folds, unsigned and unnumbered as issued 
(Created in 1963 as an invitation to the opening of Lichtenstein’s first exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, NYC. With invitation text (verso) including cancelled 1963 postal stamp. Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York) 

Cortlett II.1

One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable of the artist’s prints, Crying Girl was created in 1963 as an invitation/mailer to announce an early Lichtenstein exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery. This highly collectible color lithograph with original folds as issued measures 17 x 23 inches (43 x 58.4 cm), unframed, with invitation text (verso) including cancelled 1963 postal stamp, was published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York and is identified in the artist’s catalogue raisonne as C.II.1.

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

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