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About the WorkFrom the period 1989 to 1999, many artists worked with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS to raise awareness and support the organization’s efforts to address the protection of America’s cultural heritage during the AIDS crisis. The organization was a temporary project of the Alliance for the Arts which later grew to have offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. In 1998, a portfolio in honor of Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994) was created by and sold to benefit the Estate Project. Geldzahler died of cancer at the age of fifty-nine in 1994 and had been an active supporter of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS and other AIDS-related causes. An art historian, critic and curator known for fostering contemporary artists, he had acted as the first curator of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as a New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. The complete portfolio consists of ten prints and one video transfer, produced by artists associated with Geldzahler. These artists were: Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.
We currently have Lichtenstein’s contribution to this wonderful portfolio available to sell – Still Life (C.310). Details follow below with photographs. Your database and cloud are updated and the opening pricing will remain in effect through Sunday, June 2nd.
About the Artist
Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923. He grew up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and had a passion for science and comic books. His father, Milton, was a successful real estate broker and his mother, Beatrice, exposed Lichtenstein to many aspects of New York culture by taking him to museums, concerts, and other functions. In his teens, his interest in art grew as he began drawing and taking courses on watercolor and sculpture. Later, he attended Ohio State University before being drafted to serve on European front for World War II. He then returned to Ohio State in 1946 to finish his undergraduate degree and received his Master’s in Fine Arts in 1949. In the late 1940s and early 50s, Lichtenstein began working in series, often taking artistic subjects from mythology and American history and folklore. Lichtenstein decided to an ironic reexamination of the nineteenth-century American genre paintings he saw in history books; creating Cubist interpretations of “Cowboys and Indians” amongst other Wild West characters, with a sense of faux-primitive whimsy.