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Roy Lichtenstein: Tel Aviv Museum Print - Signed Print

Tel Aviv Museum Print
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Lithograph, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 65cm x W 131cm

Critical Review

In 1989, Roy Lichtenstein was commissioned to craft a monumental two-panel mural for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. The exceptional painting is situated in the esteemed art institution’s foyer to this day. Tel Aviv Museum Print of the same year is an exact replica of the fresco on a smaller scale.

Being a highly self-referential artwork, the print features countless unique motifs and characters from Lichtenstein’s own oeuvre. On the right-hand side, we see the protruding geometrical shapes of the artist’s Perfect/Imperfect series. Demonstrating Lichtenstein’s diverse range of technical and formal competencies, this side exhibits intersecting webs of triangles and large planes of colour. Assertive outlines and compact dots and stripes add tone and texture, imbuing the surface with sculpture-like attributes.

The left side is dominated by controlled contours too, as distinct and contrasting visuals evolve out of the flowing lines. Certain figures within the splintered, collage-like picture plane cling resolutely to Lichtenstein’s primary colours, while others embrace secondary and pastel tones. This side depicts the evolving and stimulating aspects of the art world and utilises the style of diverse modern art movements like Pointillism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Within the bustling composition, we find references to Lichtenstein’s cartoon heroines, Compositions, Brushstrokes, and Bulls among others.

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