Christie’s presents the mid-season Prints & Multiples sale on July 22. Comprised of a cross section of movements and styles, this well selected offering includes work by James Jacques, Joseph Tissot, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Joan Miró, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha and Rachel Whiteread, among others. This sale is the ideal opportunity to begin or expand collections for new bidders and seasoned print enthusiasts alike. A broad selection of Pop and abstract art complete the Prints & Multiples sale. A unique example is A Dedicated Follower of Fashion (estimate: $3,000-5,000) by Richard Hamilton, a founder of the Pop movement in Britain.
L’Eté (estimate: $2,500-3,500) by Tissot, is a classic Belle Époque image, embodying the romantic French style of the late 1800’s that glamorized upper class life by depicting the refinement and elegance of the society subject. With an emphasis on opulent decorative details, this image highlights the young woman’s sophisticated and intricate parasol, lace gloves, floral brooch, high collar, and idle gaze. The drypoint technique further embellishes the refined scene as it gives the print a rich, velvety texture. An icon of French academic art, Tissot will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art from October 2009 – January 2010. The abstract art selection is highlighted with prints by Brice Marden, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Grace Hartigan, and Sam Francis.
The sale also includes a complete signed set of 12 offset lithographs by Marcel Duchamp (estimate: $3,000-5,000). Bright orange, blue, green, red and black colors are printed on both sides of six cardboard disks or Rotoreliefs. When spun on a record player they create the illusion of threedimensional space. Typifying his interest in visual phenomena, the animated Rotoreliefs demonstrate Duchamp’s whimsical ingenuity and inventiveness both graphically and in material choice.
In addition, the sale features fifteen Pablo Picasso earthenware pieces ranging in estimates from $800-5,000. Picasso demonstrated interest in pottery early on in his life but it was not until a vacation to Vallauris, France during which he visited the Madoura Pottery Studio that he fully engaged the medium. The studio invited Picasso to design and create earthenware pieces that were then reproduced under his supervision in the years from 1946 to 1971. The themes explored in these pieces are classic Picasso motifs, including female figures, bull fights, and a cavalier and horse. After the recent success of Picasso’s Mousquetaire à la pipe, which sold for $14.6 million in Christie’s May 6 Evening Sale, the Prints & Multiples sale offers the prime opportunity to collect a Picasso Musketeer on a smaller scale with, Face no. 130 (estimate: $1,200-1,800).
There are also prints by Robert Indiana, including seven of his iconic Love prints (estimate: $2,500-3,500), in addition to prints by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, and a cast iron multiple by Claes Oldenburg. Contemporary Pop artists in the sale include Jeff Koons, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, and James Rosenquist.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg presents Roy Lichtenstein – Posters – First composed: C. 70 exhibits from the period 1962 – 1997, on view through March 1, 2009. In all, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) designed something like seventy posters, which are brought together here for the first time. They give an overview of the prolific motives which fill the world of an artist who, with his trademark dot matrices painted in a two-dimensional plane, became a bye-word for American Pop Art together with Andy Warhol.
Lichtenstein already designed a poster for his first exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1962 – his last dates from the year of his death. The sheets trace the course of his series of works from the 60s through to the 90s.
A number of near-contemporary posters with reproductions will be on view alongside the posters designed by Lichtenstein. The exhibition, complemented by work by other artists of the American Pop Art school as well as by comprehensive background materials, will give an insight into the work of one of the best-known artists of our times.
On the occasion of this exhibition, the collector Claus von der Osten has donated his almost complete collection of Lichtenstein posters to the Museum. An illustrated, fully coloured catalogue will be published by Prestel-Verlag.
Roy Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923 in New York City. He studied a degree of fine arts at Ohio State University. Hoyt L. Sherman, one of his teachers, had a significant impact on his work. He later entered the graduate program at Ohio State University and in 1949 received an M.F.A. He had his first solo exhibition at the Carlebach Gallery in New York in 1951. He later moved to upstate New York and began using an Abstract Expressionism style. He began doing Pop paintings with carton images in 1961. This same year Leo Castelli started displaying Lichtenstein’s work at his New York gallery and held a solo show for him in 1962. The entire collection was purchased before the show opened. He became famous all over the world.
He once stated, “I think my work is different from comic strips- but I wouldn’t call it transformation; I don’t think that whatever is meant by it is important to art”.
The first museum exhibition was held in 1967 at the Pasadena Art Museum in California. Solo shows were also held that year at museums in Amsterdam, London, Bern and Hannover. He donated in 1996 154 prints and two books to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which became the largest single repository of his work. In 1997 Roy died of pneumonia. Visit : http://www.mkg-hamburg.de/
12 pieces of Roy Lichtenstein’s earlier work which largely featured female creatures otherwise known as women are being showcased at an exhibition entitled “Roy Lichtenstein: Girls”. The cartoon character’s have an amazing feel and portray mostly beautiful blonds and often unhappy at the opposite sex. This impressive collection of pop art stands out ” reveals Lichtenstein honing his indelible yet impersonal style, and it can be seen in one of New York’s most painting-friendly architectural settings.” Defying Lichtenstein’s great work would almost be criminal, he has the ability to really bring out the emotion by giving innocuous images of her generic concocted self and her blazing formal power for a fine touch.
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New York’s finest gallery, the Opera Gallery, is hosting a major group exhibition titled Made in New York. This amazing line up features work by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Lori Earley, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Ron English and more! Be sure you get to this show running from Friday, April 4th and will remain on view through to April 25th, this is a must see for all !
An international investigation of the production and sale of counterfeit limited edition fine art prints of renowned artists, has resulted in federal criminal charges against seven defendants, including three Europeans and residents of Florida, New York and Illinois, U.S. and Spanish law enforcement officials announced today. Two separate indictments allege that the defendants sold thousands of counterfeit prints-at prices well in excess of their value-to victims in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan. The indictments allege that the defendants together reaped more than $5 million in illegal proceeds from the separate, but overlapping fraud schemes. In both cases, investigators tracked the distribution of bogus works, purportedly by such artists as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol and others, from counterfeit distributors to an art dealer in north suburban Northbrook, Illinois who allegedly sold the inauthentic prints to victims, primarily through eBay, an internet auction web site.
The Austin Museum of Art will present Roy Lichtenstein Prints, 1956-97, from November 17.
It is impossible to imagine Pop art without the work of Roy Lichtenstein. His comic book-inspired paintings of 1961, along with Andy Warhol’s concurrent work, are generally considered the first true Pop art.
Although best know for his cartoon imagery, Lichtenstein took on a wide range of subject matter that included portraiture, still life, landscape, and modern art history, all brought under the crisp, clear look that defined “ Lichtenstein”—primary colors, Benday dot patterns, stripes, and strong outlines. He was not only Pop’s greatest stylist but also one of the most accomplished printmakers of all time, working in nearly every print medium and collaborating with many of the master printers and workshops of his time.
Roy Lichtenstein Prints, 1956 97 surveys the printmaking career of this seminal artist—from his first proto-Pop image made in 1956 to the print he was working on at the time of his death in 1997—and provides both an introduction to his imagery and a fresh appraisal of the many-layered meanings in his work and its lasting impact.
On view at the Austin Museum of Art: November 17 , 2007 – February 3, 2008.