Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Desk Explosion’, Christie's

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

Desk Explosion

signed and numbered 'rf Lichtenstein 5/8' (on the reverse of the yellow element)

porcelain enamel on steel with lucite base

20 3/8 x 16 x 4 1/2 in. (51.7 x 40.6 x 11.4 cm.)

Executed in 1965. This work is number five from an edition of eight.

Signature: signed and numbered 'rf Lichtenstein 5/8' (on the reverse of the yellow element)

New York, Museum of Modern Art Lending Service, Penthouse Exhibitions: Art in Editions, June-August 1965 (another example exhibited).

Cleveland Museum of Art, Works by Roy Lichtenstein, November-December 1966, p. 80, no. 15 (another example exhibited).

E. Sverbeyeff, "Life With Pop," New York Times Magazine, May 2, 1965, Section 6, p. 5, pl. 1 (another example illustrated).

A. Boatto and G. Falzoni, Lichtenstein, Rome, 1966, p. 79 (another example illustrated).

J. Coplans, Roy Lichtenstein, New York, 1972, pl. 47 (another example illustrated).

H. Novas, "Dorothy Lichtenstein: La Vida Y El Arte De Una Mujer Liberada," Fascinacion (Venezuela), 1975, Year 2, no. 1, pp. 34-35, (another example illustrated in color).

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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