Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Temple with folds.’, 1964, ArtWise

This piece is a 1964 invitation to Leo Castelli opening for Roy Lichtenstein. And being such, it has fold lines. Not signed, nor numbered. The invitations were folded, addressed and mailed to prospective buyers and visitors from the Leo Castelli Gallery's list. The full reference can be found in "The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein-A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1993" by Corlett, page 256, II.3: Offset Lithograph on smooth, cream wove paper. Publisher: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. The back of the invitation has the following text "Leo Castelli 4 East 77th New York 21" / "Roy Lichtenstein" / "October 24th to November 19th" / "Landscapes".

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