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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
LOT ID: 79163
The Oval Office, 1992

Screenprint, on Rives
30 х 39.25 in. (76.2 x 99.7 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered '17/175' lower right margin on recto.
Edition 17/175
Foundry/Publisher the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., NY, pub., for the benefit of the Democratic National Committee; Brand X Editions, NY, prntr.
Lot description
Lichtenstein created this monumental print to raise money for the Democratic party and the Clinton-Gore campaign, the theme is patriotic in general, and the image itself appeals to Democrats and Republicans alike. Lichtenstein researched the interior of the Oval Office in the White House in Washington, D.C., and incorporated some authentic decorative details, including paintings that had once hung there.

This is a pristine, fresh impression of the print.
Image size: 30 x 39.25 inches (76.2 x 99.7 cm)
Paper size: 35.5 x 45.5 inches (90.2 x 115.6 cm)

American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) used parody and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to break away from Abstract Expressionism and into the up and coming art market of the 1960s. Lichtenstein earned both his BA and MFA in art from Ohio State University, but did not paint in the style for which he is now known until he began teaching at Rutgers University alongside Allan Kaprow in 1960. He first began the technique of using Ben-Day dots, the method of production used in comic books, following the playful encouragement of his young son and continued in the style throughout the remainder of his artistic career. Lichtenstein’s works range in theme and subject, from household objects to advertisements and comic book scenes, but maintain a consistent style of precision and near-photographic reproduction. Lichtenstein’s works have been shown in nearly one hundred and fifty solo exhibitions worldwide, recently including at the Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2012); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2011); and Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY (2010). The artist's work is currently being featured in "Lichtenstein: A Retrospective," a comprehensive exhibition at the Tate Modern. This exhibition is on view through May 2013.

Selected Public Collections:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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