Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Tension, 1964 for Art Basel’, 1987, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Tension, 1964 for Art Basel’, 1987, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Tension, 1964 for Art Basel’, 1987, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III

This rare promotional print was published in an edition of 1000, as one of the promotional materials created for the 1987 Art Basel fair, done during Roy Lichtenstein's lifetime, and depicting one of his most iconic early works, Tension, 1964. The sheet is mounted on ivory boards and is ready to frame. The label on the verso reads in German, "Mehrfarbendruck auf Glanzkarton" - or multi-colored printing on board. (see additional images.)

In excellent condition.

Measurements:
Sheet: 7.9 inches (vertical) by 9.9 (horizontal)
mounting: 15.75 inches (vertical) by 15.75 inches (horizontal)
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Bears Art Basel promotional sticker from 1987, noting its limited edition of 1000

Manufacturer: Art Basel

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