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Signed Print Edition of 1000
H 64cm x W 79cm
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Roy Lichtenstein’s Stedelijk Museum Poster from 1967 is an offset lithograph in deep red, bright yellow, and crisp black. The work was commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and used to advertise the artist’s first solo exhibition held in Europe that year.
The print mimics the emblematic signage used in newspapers and comic strips and precedes Lichtenstein’s two-part Industry And The Arts sequence of 1969. The work reflects the trivialisation of culture in societies increasingly dominated by mass production. Using strident pigments and precise patterns, Lichtenstein ironically integrates industrial sentiments with symbolic references of cultural heritage.
The canvas is divided into four sections by oblique lines cutting across it. Starting at each corner, the pieces meet in a splintered compass-like structure in the middle. Lichtenstein portrays the intersection of separate worlds and eras, illustrating the dual objectives that dominate contemporary living.
The top and bottom triangles show abstracted images of industrial enterprises and the potential of progression. Meanwhile, the left and right corners point to the enduring influence and history of the arts. The vivid and contrastive colour scheme used to depict the future ahead stands in stark contrast to the dotted and fading graphics representing past conventions and legacies.