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Roy Lichtenstein’s Modern Head Series

October 2, 2015

Lot 308 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #1 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

The Modern Head Series (1970) was one of Roy Lichtenstein’s signal endeavors in the early mature period of his artistic career. Lichtenstein was deeply taken by Art Deco (or Machine Age) aesthetics, which he facetiously called “Cubism for the home.” The artist worked with Gemini G.E.L., the Los Angeles art printmaking firm that, though founded only in 1966, had already garnered wide acclaim for its technical expertise.

It is particularly noteworthy that each work in the Modern Head Series was produced using a different and distinct printing method. Those employed include woodcut, lithography, linecut, embossing, and the use of a die-cut paper overlay. Though conceived and printed as a cohesive whole, the Modern Head Series is rarely found intact. Here LAMA presents a complete set of the series, nos. 1-5, each edition #62 of of 100, published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., with provenance stemming from the private collection of Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California. Modern Head #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5, Lots 308–312, will be on offer in the October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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