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Roy Lichtenstein
Pop Art Limited Edition Lithograph of Mermaid, Miami Beach Sculpture Signed

1978

$24,000

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Roy Lichtenstein Mermaid Original lithograph on Arches paper from the estate of one of the original donors to the sculpture. 8 Color litho on paper. Artwork depicts a Pop Art mermaid image from the artist original mockup rendering. Rare special small limited edition of the famous landmark Lichtenstein outdoor public sculpture located at The Fillmore Jackie Gleason theater, Miami Beach. Very limited edition of only 60, (plus 10 A/P artist proofs). Mr. Roy Lichtenstein gifted them to each philanthropist that donated to the mermaid commission. Housed in a period silver metal frame. Year: 1978 Edition: 60 (plus 10 artist proofs) Image Size: 17" x 18 1/16" Reference: Corlett 158 Signed: Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil. Published by Gemini G.E.L. Mermaid (sometimes The Mermaid) is a 1979 outdoor sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, composed of concrete, steel, polyurethane, enamel, palm tree, and water. It is located in Miami Beach at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. It is his first public art commission according to some sources. The Mermaid, which was his first large-scale sculpture, was uniquely created for this commission. He was commissioned to produce Mermaid in 1979 for the Theater of the Performing Arts. Like almost all 20 of his sculptures produced up to 1980, this "began as a line drawing, in elevation; proceeded to full-scale blacktape layout; and then to a magna-painted, handcrafted wooden maquette, which established the mold for the casting in bronze by lost-wax process." Several stages of development (sketches, drawings, collages and maquettes) are readily available on the Lichtenstein Foundation website. The reclining mermaid rests atop white capped blue waves adjacent to a palm tree. In contrast to the otherwise serene tropical setting, Lichtenstein includes grey steel clouds. Pop art artist, Roy Lichtenstein Born October 27, 1923 in New York City At the age of 14 in 1937 Lichtenstein begins watercolor classes at the Parson’s School of Design in New York. This threw him into the circle and then under the tutelage of Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League and was soon followed by enrollment into a Fine Arts Program at Ohio state University from 1940-1942. Here he studied with Hoyt L. Sherman. In the 1950’s began a long career of solo exhibits. In 1956 he produces his first lithograph “Ten Dollar Bill” and soon begins teaching at the Douglass College, Rutgers University. Until 1957 he worked as a commercial artist and designer and did display work for shop windows. His paintings and drawings at this time were parodies of American twenties' art, e.g. Remington's cowboy-and-Indian scenes. From 1957 to 1960 he taught at New York State University, Oswego, New York. His work passed through a non-representational, Abstract-Expressionist phase. In 1960 he became acquainted with Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg. With this social circle comes an introduction to Robert Whitman, Lucas Samaras, and George Segal. His life can be characterized by his numerous pieces as followed by his many admirers’. As he grew in acquaintance and popularity he is coined more and more with Pop Art being categorized with Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. Two of the most mentioned influences being the scenes from Coney Island and the jazz clubs in Harlem. Of his career some of his solo exhibits include: 1951 Carlebach Gallery, New York; 1952 Art Colony Galleries, Cleveland, Ohio; 1952 John Heller Gallery, New York; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; 1963 Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris; 1963 Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles; 1964Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; 1967 Pasadena Art Museum. Additional venue: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; 1967 Amsterdam. Additional venues: Tate Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Bern; Kester-gesellschaft, Hannover; 1967 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; 1967 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; 1967 Irving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles; 1968 The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; 1968 The Tate Gallery, London; Bern; 1968 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; 1969 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Many of his pieces are found in private collections or museums such as: the Arkansas Arts Center, Phoenix art Museum, The University of Arizona Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Denver Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, Orlando Museum of art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of art, Museum of Fine Arts, High Museum of Art, Michael C Carlos Museum, Wallraf Richartz Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, Fogg Art Museum – Harvard University art Museums, and Miami Art Museum.

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  • Creator
    Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997, American)
  • Creation Year
    1978
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    in original period frame. minor wear to frame. not examined out of frame. minor handling creasing seen to paper. please see photos. from original Miami Beach estate.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3825010451

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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the principal figures of the American Pop art movement, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg. Drawing inspiration from comic strips, Lichtenstein appropriated techniques commercial printing in his paintings, introducing a vernacular sensibility to the visual landscape of contemporary art. He employed visual elements such as the halftone dots that comprise a printed image, and a comic-inspired use of primary colors gave his paintings their signature “Pop” palette.Born and raised in New York City, Lichtenstein enjoyed Manhattan’s myriad cultural offerings and comic books in equal measure. He began painting seriously as a teenager, studying watercolor painting at the Parsons School of Design in the late 1930s, and later at the Art Students League, where he worked with American realist painter Reginald Marsh. He began his undergraduate education at Ohio State University in 1940, and after a three year-stint in the United States Army during World War II, he completed his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s in fine arts. The roots of Lichtenstein’s interest in the convergence of high art and popular culture are evident even in his early years in Cleveland, where in the late 1940s, he taught at Ohio State, designed window displays for a department store and painted his own pieces.Working at the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s, Lichtenstein deliberately eschewed the sort of painting that was held in high esteem by the art world and chose instead to explore the visual world of print advertising and comics. This gesture of recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context would become a trademark of Lichtenstein’s artistic style, as well as a vehicle for his critique of the concept of good taste. His 1963 painting Whaam! confronts the viewer with an impact scene from a 1962-era issue of DC Comics’ All American Men of War. Isolated from its larger context, this image combines the playful lettering and brightly colored illustration of the original comic with a darker message about military conflict at the height of the Cold War. Crying Girl from the same year featured another of Lichtenstein’s motifs — a woman in distress, depicted with a mixture of drama and deadpan humor. His work gained a wider audience by creating a comic-inspired mural for the New York State Pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair, he went on to be represented by legendary New York gallerist Leo Castelli for 30 years.In the 1970s and ’80s, Lichtenstein experimented with abstraction and began exploring basic elements of painting, as in this 1989 work Brushstroke Contest. In addition to paintings in which the brushstroke itself became the central subject, in 1984 he created a large-scale sculpture called Brushstrokes in Flight for the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. Still Life with Windmill from 1974 and the triptych Cow Going Abstract from 1982 both demonstrate a break from his earlier works where the subjects were derived from existing imagery. Here, Lichtenstein paints subjects more in line with the norms of art history — a pastoral scene and a still life — but he has translated their compositions into his signature graphic style, in which visual elements of printed comics are still a defining feature.Lichtenstein’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and many others. He was awarded National Medal of Arts in 1995, two years before he passed away.Find a collection of Roy Lichtenstein prints, drawings and more on 1stDibs.
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