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Signed Print Edition of 200
H 91cm x W 65cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
11 Pop Artists was a three part portfolio commissioned in 1965, compiling prints by emerging artists of the time who engaged in printmaking. Roy Lichtenstein’s vibrant pop debut appears in all three volumes, signaling his meteoric rise into the realms of Post-War American art.
The works featured in the portfolio are the culmination of the years Lichtenstein spent perfecting his printmaking skills. The artist’s other print from the same volume, a slick cartoon of a songstress titled Reverie, interrupts aesthetic conventions gently. Meanwhile, Sweet Dreams Baby! is bold, noisy and intense, delivering a literal blow to the traditional artistic legacies of the 19th century.
Lichtenstein manufactures a clinically precise and universally recognisable picture, using the instruments of commercial printing. The work confronts the viewer with the very essence of Pop Art. Additionally, it also reintroduces discredited comic book imagery into contemporary artistic dialogue.
Sweet Dreams Baby! is a masterful and dynamic artwork that relies on its verbal-visual language, which contrasts the dual nature of words against an action packed illustration. The print has been commonly dubbed the “pow print”, on account of its depiction of a punch overlaid with the word “pow!”.