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Signed Print Edition of 125
H 49cm x W 43cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|February 2021||Wright - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|October 2019||Freeman's - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|December 2018||Sotheby's New York - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|October 2018||Christie's New York - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|May 2018||Bonhams Los Angeles - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
|November 2017||Doyle New York - United States||Turkey Shopping Bag - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s Turkey Shopping Bag was commissioned by curator Ben Birillo in 1964. Along with noted gallerist Leo Castelli, Birillo was an outspoken advocate for the Pop Art movement. Lichtenstein’s humorous contribution was featured in the American Supermarket exhibition held at the Bianchini Gallery in New York.
Turkey Shopping Bag is a signed silkscreen executed on a paper bag with handles. The work displays a black and yellow illustration of a turkey dish. Inspired in its visual language by newspaper advertisements, Lichtenstein’s design bags were sold in situ to visitors of the show. Several famous contemporary artists were involved in the exhibition, which contrasted actual consumer products and their pop imitations. For the exhibition, Birillo placed plastic and real food items alongside the artists’ renditions of the objects.
The gallery, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was fitted to resemble a grocery store. The interior of the exhibition was complete with aisles, shelves, and an authentic checkout counter. Offerings included plaster cakes and cookies, turkeys, wax eggs and Campbell’s soup cans. Artworks were priced and sold cheaply on site, thereby blurring the line between consumption, commerce, and art. Nearly sixty years later, Lichtenstein’s tongue-in-cheek Turkey Shopping Bag continues to provide a poignant take on American culture and consumerism.