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  • Roy Lichtenstein Landscape with Poet


     Landscape with Poet is from one of the famed Pop-Art pioneer's most nuanced, analytical and breathtaking series of productions. The artist Roy Lichtenstein reminds us of his wholly unique ability to engage and form aesthetic conversations with the work of other artists and cultures — reappropriating them within his own lexicon of Benday dots, black contours and monochromatic zones.

    Lichtenstein's best work has always been about other art, though it's usually been Western art. Early on, he made hilarious variations on Picasso's increasingly cubist bull. And later, he turned an abstract expressionist brush stroke into a slew of images. More recently he'd reprised Monet's impressionist renditions of "Rouen Cathedral," using Benday dots and colored paper.

    Captivated by traditional Chinese painting, in particular from the Song Dynasty, he considered how to craft the delicate, ethereal atmosphere so implicit to the "Landscapes in the Chinese Style" series. Lichtenstein became fascinated with the idea that amorphous, monochromatic shapes could actually be representational despite their non-figurative nature. In that respect, the series represents just one more phase in Lichtenstein's illustrious 30-year career. But it is also much more, for it has yielded some of the most lyrical paintings Lichtenstein ever made.

    Landscape with Poet (1996) by Roy Lichtenstein is an original 16-color lithograph and screenprint on Lanaquarelle watercolor paper. Landscape with Poet is an edition of 60 and is signed and numbered in pencil. Landscape with Poet is referenced on page 272 in the Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné, Corlett 303. For more information about Roy Lichtenstein or Landscape with Poet, please contact the gallery. SOLD

    • Andy Warhol Flash - November 22,1963

      Andy Warhol depicted the media’s portrayal of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in a series of screen prints titled Flash- November 22nd, 1963. A granular image of the events that unfolded on that fateful day has become engrained in the collective consciousness of the American people. The omnipresent power of that image, not surprisingly, fascinated Pop Art visionary Andy Warhol, whose work obsessively explored the intersection of tragedy and fame.

      The title for the series derives from the phrase “news flash”. The screenprints are based on campaign posters, mass media photos, and advertisements. The cover of the portfolio reproduces the front page of the New York World Telegram on that day. This screenprint features the image of Jacqueline Kennedy smiling just moments before her husband was shot.

      In this series, Warhol emphasizes how public opinion is more so shaped by mass media than individual understanding. Warhol said "when President Kennedy was shot that fall, I heard the news over the radio while I was alone painting in my studio. I don’t think I missed a stroke. I wanted to know what was going on out there, but that was the extent of my reaction. I’d been thrilled about having Kennedy as president; he was handsome, young, smart—but it didn’t bother me that much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.”

      Flash - November 22, 1963 (1968) by Andy Warhol is an original screenprint and is referenced in Feldman II.34. Flash - November 22, 1963 is an unsigned publisher’s proof. For more information about Andy Warhol or Flash - November 22, 1963  please contact the gallery. Call For Value.

      • Robert Longo Untitled (Rick), from Men in the Cities

        Although Robert Longo studied sculpture, drawing remained his favorite form of self-expression. However, the sculptural influence pervades his technique, as Longo's "portraits" have a distinctive chiseled line that seems to give a three-dimensional quality. Longo uses graphite like clay, molding it to create images like the writhing, dancing figures in his seminal "Men in the Cities" series.

        The jerks and spasms of Longo's subjects, sharply dressed in business attire, have an elegance and grace that is entirely unexpected. The protective reactions and exaggerated gestures have been turned into effortless and authentic choreography, a ballet of falls and stumbles, leaps and trips. The movements are fresh and vital, full of energy and life, even while they portray a sense of agony.

        ''One of the games I liked to play as a kid,'' Mr. Longo said, ''was who could fall dead the best. In cinema, the big moments are sex and the way people died. That's what these things are. If you took off their clothes, they'd just be wiggly abstract lines."

        Inspired in part by the neo-noir cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but also taking in the rock star poses popularized by music videos, the preppy men’s clothing by the likes of Perry Ellis, and the rise of Wall Street, these pictures embody the spirit of the age in a way that few works ever manage to. 

        Untitled (Rick) (1994) from the Men in the Cities portfolio is an original lithograph on Arches paper. Untitled (Rick) by Robert Longo is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 170. For more information about Robert Longo or Untitled (Rick) please contact the gallery. SOLD.

        • Pablo Picasso Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II)

          Pablo Picasso’s artwork was always changing to include the influence of world events and his ever shifting cultural and artistic interests. The advent of World War I changed the world, and the world of art. Likewise, Picasso’s work started becoming more realistic, with darker colors, and was influenced by classical Greek and Roman art. These influences are seen in the original etching Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II).

          Another influence on Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II) was his collaboration with Spanish sculptor Julio Gonzalez. Until shortly before their collaboration, Picasso had made virtually no sculpture since his Cubist relief images 15 years prior to the first World War. In the course of working with Gonzalez, however, Picasso again became a sculptor. 

          Although involved in various artistic enterprises since early youth, Gonzalez did not reach artistic maturity until the age of 52 when the chance collaboration with Pablo Picasso revealed his distinguished talent. The sculptor in Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II) may or may not be created directly in Julio Gonzalez’s image, but the collaboration between the two artists made a significant impact on Picasso’s future inclusion of sculpture in his practice. The combination of Picasso's passion for classical period art and the reigniting of his interest in sculpture lead to the creation of this powerful and compelling original etching. 

          Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II) (1933) from the La Suite Vollard portfolio is an original etching on Montval paper referenced in Bloch 157, Baer 311. Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II) is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 260. For more information about Pablo Picasso or Old Sculptor at Work II (Vieux Sculpteur au Travail II) please contact the gallery. $13,995 framed.


          • Banksy Morons

            Morons is one of Banksy’s most scathing attacks on the extraordinarily high prices his, and many other artists, artworks generate. The day after three Banksy works sold, all of which soared above their auction estimates and into the six figures, the elusive and anonymous British graffiti artist updated his website with an image of an auction house. It featured an auctioneer presiding over a crowd of rapt bidders, with the caption “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit.”

            In the years since, Banksy has continued to make his feeling on the commercialism of his art exceedingly clear. His website states that the authentication process for works found on the street is "lengthy and challenging", as many pieces "are created in an advanced state of intoxication." As for legitimately buying a work from the artist - forget about it. Pest Control states that there is currently "something/nothing available.”

            Banksy has said "Commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist," and "We're not supposed to be embraced in that way." He continues to believe that "When graffiti isn't criminal, it loses most of its innocence." This is an ongoing controversy in the art world, with many artists being seen as "sell-outs" when they embrace the mainstream art world success. Banksy's establishment of representatives and liaisons for points of sale of his work has furthered this controversy. However, many other street artists (including equally famous Shepard Fairey) argue that they use this legitimate income to fund further illicit, unsanctioned guerrilla art.

            Morons is an original screenprint on wove paper created in 2007. This screenprint is the UK edition and an edition of 219/500. Morons is signed in the screen. For more information about Banksy or Morons, please contact the gallery. SOLD.