All creative individuals–be they writers, dancers, musicians, or movie stars–hope to have their work appreciated by a large and diverse audience. Visual artists face a dilemma in this regard. Their abilities are assessed, their critical reputations are established, and the market for their work is based on individual creations such as paintings and sculptures. These are exhibited for a short while in an art gallery, then (with luck) disappear into a private collection, and may eventually–in the cases of artists with exceptional talent (and, perhaps, even more luck)–end up on permanent public display in museums. Los Angeles Modern Auctions Director Peter Loughrey highlights choice and collectible lots on offer at auction this Sunday by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Annie Leibovitz, and Fernando & Humberto Campana.
modern head series
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.