LICHTENSTEIN

Hot Dog

1964

ARTIST:

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


Title:

Hot Dog, signed lower right margin and numbered 21/200 lower left margin, (after the painting on enamel 1964)


Technique:

Screen print


Paper:

heavy wove 30.2 x 21.6 cm approx. (sheet). The right hand margin has been crudely hacked at


Condition:

The print itself, is in very good condition, with stamp of publisher / previous owner and serial number in red pencil on the back of the work (the name is to be determined). For details of the crease in the found in the work see the photos below.


Realisation / Publication:

Published in limited edition after the original work from 1964 porcelain on enamel ‘Hot Dog’. This is most likely the 2nd edition restrike of this iconic print. Further research pending.


Reference / Literature:

see the online Catalogue raissone at http://lichtensteinfoundation.org/catalogue-raisonne/ and at http://www.imageduplicator.com/main.php?decade=60&year=66 and tap 1964


Provenance:

Acquired in Berlin, by former owner based in Slovakia, to Salon 2016


Asking:

Contact for price


This work is based on one of Lichtenstein’s iconic works from the 1960s. As a symptom of a commodified and capitalist society, the lure of fast food entered the realm of popular culture. Lichtenstein moved quickly to make the American diet part of popular culture and re-appropriated the stereotypes to gently mock what the rest of the world was thinking. They would possible ogle with envy, it must be said, at large Thanksgiving feasts that were symbolically about abundance; giving thanks for the hardship endured by the Founding Fathers. So, this great holiday on the American calendar, the meal is understandably large, again, symbolically remembering the hardship and “lack” experienced by the settlers. The meal is served to the family unit in a pristine home made for the nuclear family. With all his gentle mocking the artist went on appropriating Roast Turkey, sodas, Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches, Alka-Selzer (you would need it!!) and with the Hot Dog, transforming each into iconic representations of an affluent society. For the artist, fast food was ripe for exploitation, and paradoxically, in producing such representations, turned the cheap into high art. The hot dog under Lichtenstein’s artistic license underwent various incarnations in terms of shape, size and colour and whether it was served with or without condiments. This “dog” was made in limited edition and this example is most likely the second or third strike after the silkscreen was first published in 1964.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE that this work is being treated as an attribution NOT a certain Lichtenstein. While the signature on the work looks authentic, the crude cutting of the right-hand margin suggests that the work was made with less care than one would expect from a Master of the late twentieth century, or from his Atelier. There also appeared in the middle of the work on the right-hand side, a crease and with that crease, a faint green line that cannot be seen in the catalogue reproduction above, however, is photographed below. This kind of error at the printing stage would have most certainly resulted in the work being discarded or at least noted as one of the artist’s proofs. The stamp of the previous owner/ publisher on the back of the work is present, however, cannot be deciphered The certificates and insurance “papers” that were sent were equally nebulous. Work continues on this piece toward a more accurate attribution.