Roy Lichtenstein - Modern Head No 3 (From the Modern Head Series, 1970)


Original Line Cut with embossing, 1970, on handmade Waterleaf paper, signed and dated in pencil lower right. With Publishers Blindstamp lower right, Stamped on verso, lower left: Gemini GEL/Los Angeles, Calif). Workshop number on verso in pencil, lower left (RL70-246)

Printed by : Gemini GEL Los Angeles

Published by: Gemini GEL Los Angeles

Edition: 100 - There were also 7 Apps. 1 RTP, 1 PPI, 3 GEL, 1 C,

Size: 50 x 29.5 cms (Sheet size); 19.65 x 11.65 Inches)

Reference: Mary Lee Corlett: “The prints of Roy Lichtenstein, A catalogue raisonne 1948 - 1993” Number 92 (page 112)

PCN 1 (September-October 1970) 87; Gemini catalogue Raisonne No 243

Gdemini G.E.L “Art and Collaboration” Page 196

Note:  This was made in 1 colours, from 1 zinc plate. The black: (Line cut; from zinc, embossed during printing)

The Waterleaf paper used for this edition was made by Laurence Barker.

Lichtenstein’s collaboration with Gemini started in 1969 with his Haystack series and went on to consist of more then 70 different editions. Ken Tyler, the Master Printer, encouraged the artist to experiment with different production methods such as embossing, die-cutting and engraved printed surfaces.

Lichtenstein remarked about this series: “ What interested me was - “what in the world does a modern head could be about” - I mean to make a man look like a machine”. The prototype was a group of Constructivist heads by Alexei von Jawlensky which had been on view at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1968 in a show entitled “Serial Imagery”

This was made as a collaboration between Kenneth Tyler (Project Supervision) and George Page (Edition Printing).

Public Collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York.