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Andy Warhol, Polaroid Photograph of Roy Lichtenstein (Authenticated)

Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol

Polaroid Photograph of Roy Lichtenstein (Authenticated), 1975

Polaroid Photograph, Authenticated and stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

An impressive piece of Pop Art history! A must-have for fans and collectors of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein:
This is a unique, authenticated color photograph taken by one Pop Art Legend, Andy Warhol, of his most formidable contemporary and rival, Roy Lichtenstein. Authenticated by the Estate of Andy Warhol/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Stamped with the Andy Warhol Estate, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp. Bears the Warhol Foundation unique inventory number. One of only a few portraits Andy Warhol took of Roy Lichtenstein, each one unique, during one tense photo shoot. Both iconic artists, colleagues and, perhaps lesser known to the public, rivals, were represented at the time by the renowned Leo Castelli Gallery. The truth is - they were really more rivals than friends. (the rivalry intensified when Warhol, who was working with Walt Disney, discovered that Lichtenstein painted Mickey Mouse before he did!!) Castelli was committed to Roy Lichtenstein, and, it's easy to forget today, wasn't that interested in Warhol as he considered Lichtenstein the greater talent; Fortunately, Ivan Karp (who worked at Castelli) was interested in Warhol and the entire Factory social scene, as were some powerful European dealers, as well as many wealthy and influential Americans and Europeans. That was the start of Warhol's bypassing the traditional gallery model. Only a handful of photographic portraits of fellow Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein -- each unique- are known to have appeared on the market over the past half a century - all from the same photo session. This is one of them; one of the most desirable polaroid photographs taken by Andy Warhol. Another Polaroid - from this same (and only) sitting, in the permanent collection of the Getty Museum in California. Here is the link to the Getty's image:
There really weren't any other collaborations between these two titans, making the resulting portrait from this photo session extraordinary. It is fascinating to study Roy Lichtenstein's face and demeanor in this photograph, in the context of considering the great sense of competition, but perhaps even greater, albeit uneasy respect, these two famous and larger than life Pop artists had for each other: one Jewish of European descent (Lichtenstein) and one Catholic and quintessentially American (Warhol).


Very good vintage (original) condition; minor waviness at the top which should frame out


Height:   4.25
Width:   3.40
Depth:   0.20