Roy Lichtenstein’s very first screen print, "Brushstroke," was printed by Chiron Press in 1965. At the time, Lichtenstein was working on a series of brushstroke paintings as a satirical response to the emotion-laden gestural paintings of the dominant Abstract Expressionism artist group.
"Sweet Dreams Baby!" is considered by many to be Roy Lichtenstein’s most important early Pop print, and the artist himself called it his first “true” Pop print. With its dynamic, cartoon imagery, the artist created something that appears to be machine-made and mass-produced — In fact, Lichtenstein labored intensely to create that illusion - each Benday dot is meticulously hand drawn!
Time for Pop
We’re very excited to debut our highly anticipated Fall Pop Prints Sale, featuring 60 classic Pop works by legends such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Tom Wesselmann. This dazzling, curated selection of iconic Pop prints is perfect for both new and seasoned Pop Art collectors.
Among the sale’s highlights are two stunning prints from Andy Warhol’s 1983 Endangered Species series, which the artist once described as “animals in makeup.” Another highlight of the sale (and a MUST for fashionistas) is Andy Warhol’s rare Shoes (Deluxe Edition) (1980).
In celebration of Robert Indiana’s retrospective which opened at the Whitney Museum this week, we’re thrilled to offer the largest graphic work ever created by the 85 year old Pop artist, The Book of Love (1996).
Browse Fall Pop Art Prints online on artnet Auctions.
Pop Art Atelier
From 1963 to 1968, Chiron Press was the ground-zero of the fledgling Pop Art scene. Founded in a tiny storefront on 614 East 11th Street, it was the first print atelier in New York City devoted to screen printing for artists. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg were just a handful of the artists who made silkscreen prints at Chiron.
We took a look back at the highly influential Pop Art screen printing atelier and its founder Steve Poleskie.
Sotheby’s is auctioning Bernie Medoff’s art collection this Fall, it has just been revealed. Madoff, who orchestrated a Ponzi scheme believed to be the largest financial fraud in US history, is now giving financial advice in his North Carolina prison.
“It’s a fairly lackluster group,” a New York-based art appraiser told Bloomberg, “If you think about the amount of money this man had, he could have been buying fabulous paintings.”
4th of July
Happy Independence Day, everyone!
Top of the Pop
With Pop Art taking center stage at several museums around the world, we’re very excited to debut our latest special auction, Top of the Pop: Prints.
From Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha, be prepared to see some of the most fabulous Pop Art ever created.
Flip through our latest album for a quick look, and view the entire auction here.
“The one thing everyone hated was commercial art; apparently they didn’t hate that enough, either.” -Roy Lichtenstein
New York-born artist Roy Lichtenstein was motivated to create works that no one would want to hang on their walls. However, a solo show of such works at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1962 garnered him critical acclaim and notoriety in the art world.
Most of his best-known images come from this period in the mid-1960s, including his comic book pictures. However, surprisingly, there aren’t that many of them; these works fill only one room at the new Lichtenstein retrospective at London’s Tate Modern.
Lichtenstein also tried to apply his comic book style to all kinds of art that weren’t Pop at all. This included his own versions of works by predecessors such as Monet and Picasso, and of themes including the nude, classical Chinese painting, and geometrical abstraction.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is on view at Tate Modern, in Bankside, London, from February 21 to May 27.
Friday, December 21 marks the end of the Mayan long-count calendar. On this day, doomsayers believe the world will end.
For those of you that aren’t bothered by this prediction, here are some art events to enjoy this week.
Pictured is Roy Lichtenstein's 1967 work entitled Explosion.
A new exhibition in Munich’s Museum Villa Stuck takes you inside the collection of enfant terrible Gunter Sachs. His extensive art collection included work by Andy Warhol, Jean Fautrier, Roy Lichtenstein, and Yves Klein. The exhibition also showcases three portraits Warhol created of Sachs’ famous sex-bomb ex-wife, Brigitte Bardot.
Die Sammlung Gunter Sachs runs from October 18, 2012 through January 20, 2013.
Lost Lichtenstein Returned
A painting by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has been miraculously found in a New York warehouse after 40 years!
Electric Cord (1961) disappeared from New York’s Leo Castelli Gallery in 1970, after being sent out to be cleaned. The work re-emerged this summer when Barbara Castelli was notified by the Lichtenstein Foundation that someone was trying to sell it.
At a press conference yesterday, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara and the FBI confirmed that Electric Cord has finally been returned to Barbara Bertozzi Castelli, the widow of art dealer Leo Castelli.
Roy Lichtenstein's Inaugural Print (1977) was created for the Democratic National Committee, for the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. As such, it was never offered for sale in galleries, but was given (or sold) to top donors to the Democratic National Committee.
Check out our Political Pop sale.
We’re getting into the spirit of tonight’s debate, and celebrating the upcoming presidential election with Political Pop, an amazing sale featuring over 30 artworks with political subjects by iconic Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Robert Rauschenberg!
Flip through our album for a quick look, and preview the entire auction here.
One Cent Life
One Cent Life, this complete portfolio written by Walasse Ting, is widely considered to be a masterpiece of the Pop Art era!
Featuring classic hand signed color lithographs on Rives BFK paper from major luminaries of the Pop Art and COBRA movements, this portfolio includes work by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Ramos, Sam Francis, James Rosenquist, and Tom Wesselmann!
Of particular importance are Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever and Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl With Spray Can, which are two of the most iconic Pop Art prints ever created.
One Cent Life is only on artnet Auctions for two more days. Place your bid.
The Oval Office
The Oval Office is one of Roy Lichtenstein’s most desirable, iconic, and current prints!
The work was created in 1992, for the Artists for Freedom of Expression Project, to benefit the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Citizen Vote, and select candidates in that year’s election. The image was also reproduced as a campaign button.
In creating this magnificent print, Lichtenstein researched the interior of the Oval Office in the White House, incorporating some authentic decorative details, including paintings that had once hung there!
Place your bid on artnet Auctions.