LICHTENSTEIN

Pistol

1969

Important work

ARTIST:

LICHTENSTEIN, Roy b.1923 Manhattan d. 1997, Manhattan, New York, USA


Title:

Pistol, not signed or numbered


Technique:

Serigraph / Screen print for the Multiples Inc. Calendar 1969


Paper:

Wove 50 x50 cm


Condition:

Excellent


Realisation / Publication:

This screen print appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, June 21, 1968 with a distinctive blue background and the headline “The Gun in America”. This work is the serigraph for the Multiples Calendar, New York 1969


Reference / Literature:

see http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/16/a-history-of-violence-gun-control-in-the-pages-of-time/slide/june-1968-the-gun-in-america/ and http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/the-gun-as-image/


Provenance:

Private Collector


Asking:

Contact for price


This is a work of considerable rarity and iconic status in Twentieth Century art. The controversial subject matter had been published twice; as an offset lithograph and as a serigraph / screen print. The work itself was based on the original painting executed on felt and dated 1964 (now in the permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art in New York). The image made its very public debut by forcing its uncompromising subject matter onto the American psyche four years later, when the artist dared to comment on the gun as a dangerously inherent part of American culture. It’s confronting use of a barrel pointing in the reader’s face guaranteed its shock value. With the war raging in Vietnam, and Lichtenstein’s support for Bobby Kennedy’s Presidential aspirations artistically extolled in an equally arresting and iconic cover the of best-selling newsweekly, (TIME Magazine, May 24, 1968, See Below), Lichtenstein’s agenda was not lost on the general public, nor on conservative forces keen to see the Kennedy nemesis, Richard Nixon, elevated to the Whitehouse. Interestingly his support for the Democratic ticket did not do his popularity any harm. Lichtenstein was already a force in Contemporary art. This image; pointed at the American people via the press, guaranteed it! Although this screen print is not signed, (none of the screen prints for the Calendar were) the authenticity is not in doubt and the asking price is considerably lower than a hand signed off-set lithograph on offer at the time of writing this (New York, US 8K!). This “Gun” was published as part of the Multiples Calendar, which featured artworks from the giants of the 1960s: Wesselmann’s Great American Nude #97 is on offer at Salon, along with works by Nicholas Krushenick and Jim Dine.