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H 43cm x W 56cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|July 2012||Christie's New York - United States||Castelli Handshake Poster - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s Castelli Handshake is a signed offset lithograph on wove paper. Executed in 1962, the unique work announces Lichtenstein's first exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. The poster is composed of four panels in red, black, and white, three of which show the illustrated stages of a handshake.
Roy Lichtenstein’s unique offset lithograph titled Castelli Handshake was executed as early as 1962. The poster announces Lichtenstein's first exhibition held at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. The work is composed of four panels in red, black, and white, three of which show the illustrated stages of a handshake.
The show not only sold out but also included several of Lichtenstein’s most notorious pop pieces to date, including Drowning Girl. Castelli was New York’s leading dealer in contemporary art and renowned for staging landmark exhibitions around the city. He took interest in Lichtenstein’s sardonic cartoon revelations rooted in commercial art. By the time of his second solo exhibition at Castelli in 1963, the artist’s work had been showcased and purchased by esteemed museums and collectors alike.
This distinct pop lithograph is a humorous and symbolic tribute to the lifelong, masterful collaboration that unfolded between Lichtenstein and Castelli. The dealer became the artist’s principal patron and companion. Perhaps the image is of a handshake taking place between the two, honouring Castelli for the pivotal role he played in the elevation of post-war American art. Castelli Handshake is also an ode to the revolutionary and dextrous heritage of printmaking.