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The Poetry Project Symposium Poster by Roy Lichtenstein

The Poetry Project Symposium Poster by Roy Lichtenstein





Edition Size: 200, 60 of which were signed

Sheet Size: 112 x 79 cm


Condition: Excellent

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The Poetry Project Symposium Poster was published in 1988 but reproduces Lichtenstein’s 1976 painting Still Life with Table Lamp. He had begun to explore the still life genre in a more focused way during the early 1970s, submitting various traditional motifs to the flattening and decorative aesthetic of commercial design. The results were witty and deadpan but also achingly elegant. The centuries-old codified language of still life (in which certain objects have a recognised symbolic meaning) is subverted and homogenised. Their relationship to each other becomes unclear, and the value system they represent is stripped away. What we are left with is a world bathed in the perfect permaglow of advertising, a sanitised ideal of graphic poise.

Lichtenstein had a long-term interest in poetry and would go on to create an illustrated portfolio for Allen Ginsberg in 1991. The Poetry Project was founded in 1966 on the Lower East Side in New York as a celebration and continuation of the legendary coffee house readings that flourished in the city at this time. By the mid-1980s the Project was holding an annual symposium featuring talks, panels and workshops.

This original poster was issued in an edition of only 200, of which 60 were signed in pencil by Lichtenstein. They were not individually numbered.


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Roy Lichtenstein

American artist Roy Lichtenstein is renowned for his comic book inspired paintings. Alongside his peers Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, he was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. Originating from a mix of Cubism, Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism, the course of Lichtenstein’s work changed, when his young son challenged him to ‘’paint as good’’ as the pictures in a Mickey Mouse comic book. This influenced his 1961 piece, ‘’Look Mickey’’, which was admired by adults and children alike. Lichtenstein became recognised for his hand painted large pictures, which resembled comic books in their employment of hard edges, flat bright colours and shading through dots.

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