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Tension, 1964 for Art Basel, 1987

Color offset lithograph on glossy thin board, unframed with label from art basel
15 3/4 × 15 3/4 in
40 × 40 cm
Edition of 1000
This is an editioned multiple.
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About the work
Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

This rare promotional print was published in an edition of 1000, as one of the promotional …

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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 …

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Bears Art Basel promotional sticker from 1987, noting its limited edition of 1000
Manufacturer
Art Basel
Roy Lichtenstein
American, 1923–1997
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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.

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Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

This rare promotional print was published in an edition of 1000, as one of the promotional …

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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 …

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Signature
Bears Art Basel promotional sticker from 1987, noting its limited edition of 1000
Manufacturer
Art Basel
Roy Lichtenstein
American, 1923–1997
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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.

Tension, 1964 for Art Basel, 1987

Color offset lithograph on glossy thin board, unframed with label from art basel
15 3/4 × 15 3/4 in
40 × 40 cm
Edition of 1000
This is an editioned multiple.
Bidding closed
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