Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Modern Sculpture with Intersecting Arcs’, Christie's

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

Modern Sculpture with Intersecting Arcs

stamped with artist's initials and numbered 'rfl 3 - 6' (on the lower edge)

aluminum and black Plexiglas

32 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (81.2 x 36.8 x 36.8 cm.)

Executed in 1968. This work is number three from an edition of six.

Signature: stamped with artist's initials and numbered 'rfl 3 - 6' (on the lower edge)

Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Roy Lichtenstein, June-September 1973, no. 16 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 25 Years: A Retrospective, September-November 1993, p. 43 (another example exhibited).

Washington D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lichtenstein: Sculptures and Drawings, June-September 1999, p. 91, no. 27 (another example exhibited and illustrated in color).

D. Waldman, Roy Lichtenstein, New York, 1971, no. 160. (another example illustrated in color).

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

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