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Signed Print Edition of 30
H 64cm x W 46cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|May 2021||Sotheby's New York - United States||Lamp - Signed Print|
|May 2019||Bonhams New York - United States||Lamp - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein's Lamp of 1981 is one of the finest examples of the artist’s single object compositions. Lichtenstein performs a similar gesture here as early 20th century artists achieved with their ready-mades. He utilises an existing object as well as an established aesthetic. The artist generates a fully mechanised image using thick lines, flat planes and an obscured perspective.
Lamp was initially created as a painted and patinated bronze sculpture in 1977. The shapes are simple, capturing a hanging green shade with an exposed incandescent light bulb. The bulb emits a circle of light onto the floor below. The round yellow disk is composed of individually outlined beams illustrated in bright yellow, black, and white. Lichtenstein presents a similar depiction of natural light shining down on his surrealist Mermaid of 1978.
The lack of shadows make the lamp and the light appear compressed against the surface of the print. Lichtenstein removes depth and volume in order to make his chosen subject matter appear like a newspaper clipping. The result is a brilliant piece of Pop Art derived through Lichtenstein's masterful craftsmanship and great attention to form. Forging new connections between art and everyday life, Lamp vacillates between the flatness of the printed page and the real world.