£9,500-£14,000 VALUE (EST.)
$17,000-$26,000 VALUE (EST.)
$16,000-$24,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥80,000-¥120,000 VALUE (EST.)
€11,000-€16,000 VALUE (EST.)
$90,000-$140,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥1,540,000-¥2,260,000 VALUE (EST.)
$11,500-$17,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Mixed Media, 1970
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 100
H 50cm x W 30cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2021||Christie's New York - United States||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|April 2021||Sotheby's New York - United States||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|April 2021||Christie's New York - United States||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|May 2019||Bonhams New York - United States||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|April 2019||Phillips New York - United States||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|March 2019||Lyon & Turnbull Edinburgh - United Kingdom||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
|September 2017||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Modern Head #2 - Signed Mixed Media|
Roy Lichtenstein rose to prominence in the 1960s with his humorous cartoon imagery, promptly followed by his appropriations of art historical genres. His Modern Head series of 1970 references modern masters of Cubism, Constructivism and Art Deco among others. In addition to a set of five Modern Head prints, Lichtenstein also created a limited number of Modern Head sculptures.
The Modern Head prints seek to critically dismantle the history of modern art, through a formal idea particularly favoured by Lichtenstein; impure style. Accordingly, Lichtenstein’s Modern Heads are founded on both artistic and architectural sources. The prints feature elements that allude to painterly gestures and sculptural anatomy, as well as facade ornamentation and interior design
Modern Head #2delves deeper into the idea of depicting human figures as machines. Whereas Modern Head #1 is the most abstract edition of the series, this print exhibits the most minimalistic portrait of the sequence. The flat black planes in this work are adorned with white and bright yellow curvilinear geometric forms. Modern Head #2 blends the streamlined industrial look of the 1930s with Pablo Picasso’s simplified cubist drawings. Produced using a distinct lithographic printing method referred to as line cut, Lichtenstein manufactures a work with a refined and highly stylised finish.