Roy Lichtenstein, ‘The Red Horsemen, or The Equestrians, for Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘The Red Horsemen, or The Equestrians, for Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘The Red Horsemen, or The Equestrians, for Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is one of only 750 hand signed lithographic posters, published in 1982 to celebrate the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Accompanied by a hand signed letter of authenticity from the publisher on official embossed Olympic Committee letterhead. The Olympic Committee commissioned 15 nationally known artists, including to create unique designs to promote the event. The complete list of artists is: Sam Francis, David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, Carlos Almaraz, Robert Rauschenberg, Jennifer Bartlett, Jonathon Borofsky, Roy LIchtenstein, April Gornik, Raymond Saunders, Martin Puryear, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston and Garry Winogrand. This was Roy Lichtenstein's contribution to the portfolio. his work is unframed and in fine condition; excellent provenance as it was acquired as part of the complete portfolio of limited edition hand signed Olympic prints, all held in the original box with colophon and authenticity documentation. This will be the first time the print has been removed so authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed forever. Excellent condition; never framed. All of the works in this rare portfolio, including this Lichtenstein lithographic poster, are unnumbered, but published in the limited edition of 750 hand signed. This work, the equestrian, depicts layered images of a blue jockey riding a red horse. The piece is signed in graphite to the lower right, and is marked "Reproduction from “The Red Horsemen” copyright 1975 Roy Lichtenstein, Copyright 1982 Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee, Published by Knapp Communications Corporation". Excellent condition; unframed. In 2017, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland featured all 15 lithographs from this portfolio: “The 1980s were marked by non-conformism, eccentricity, audacity and joie de vivre,” say the exhibition organizers, “All these elements are clearly expressed in the stylistic vocabulary chosen by the organizrs of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, with its fun approach and acid colors.”

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Signature: Signed in graphite pencil, lower right

Publisher: United States Olympic Committee and Knapp Communications, Inc.

Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 (different portfolio)

Accompanied by a hand signed letter of authenticity from the publisher on official embossed Olympic Committee letterhead. Acquired as part of the complete 1984 Olympic Lithographic Poster Portfolio of 15 hand signed prints, in the original box with colophon and Certificate of Authenticity.

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