Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Tel Aviv Museum Print’, 1989, Phillips

Property from a Private California Collection

Image: 20 5/8 x 51 1/2 in. (52.4 x 130.8 cm)
Sheet: 26 1/4 x 56 1/2 in. (66.7 x 143.5 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 10/60 in pencil (there were also 20 artist's proof), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

From the Catalogue:
Roy Lichtenstein built a bridge between “high” and “low” culture by appropriating canonical images from art history within his characteristically "comic-book" compositions. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Alexander Archipenko and Oscar Schlemmer are all here; this print was based upon a 1989 mural that the artist completed for the Tel Aviv Museum. Amusedly, Cold Shoulder, one of Lichtenstein's signature blondes gazed upon this pastiche of work by such artists housed within the Tel Aviv Museum’s own collection. The scene reflected within sharp, geometric shapes across the work’s second half in a jesting jab at art history’s long—and perhaps bewildering—march into abstraction.
Courtesy of Phillips

Mary Lee Corlett 238

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