Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, 1975 (Authenticated by the Warhol Foundation)
Own a distinctive piece of Pop Art history!
This is a unique color photograph taken by one Pop Art Legend of his most formidable contemporary and rival. Authenticated by the Estate of Andy Warhol/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Estate Stamped: Stamped with the Andy Warhol Estate, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp, numbered "B 512536P", with the Estate of Andy Warhol stamp and inscribed UP on the reverse. Bears the Warhol Foundation unique inventory number. Both iconic artists, colleagues and 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 Carp (who worked at Castelli) was interested, 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. Warhol is known to have taken hundreds of self-portrait polaroid photographs - shoe boxes full - and he took many dozens of images of celebrities like Blondie and Farrah Fawcett. But 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. There is 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:
This unique work is a must have for true fans and collectors of both Warhol and Lichtenstein. A valuable collectors' item; and a true piece of American Pop Art history. 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 grudging respect, these two famous and larger than life Pop artists had for each others' success - one Jewish of European descent (Lichtenstein) and one Catholic and quintessentially American (Warhol) - had for each other. Floated, framed with die cut back revealing authentication details, and ready to hang.
9 7/16 x 8 9/16 x 9/16 inches (frame)
4.16 x 3.15 inches (sheet)
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Estate Stamped: Stamped with the Andy Warhol Estate, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp, numbered "B 512536P", with the Estate of Andy Warhol stamp and inscribed UP on the reverse. Bears the Warhol Foundation unique inventory number.
Authenticated and Stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; originally sold by Christie's on behalf of the Estate