"CRAK!" Original Offset Lithograph by Roy Lichtenstein, 1963
An original offset lithograph, exhibition poster on lightweight white wove paper by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "CRAK!", 1963/1964. Reference: Catalogue Raisonee: (Corlett II.2). Published by Leo Castelli, New York, NY Printed by Colocraft, New York, NY. Small typesetting lower right: Leo Castelli Gallery Lithographed by Total Color New York.This print/poster was published to announce Lichtenstein's exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, Spetember 28th - October 24, 1963. The date is usually given as 1964, and the numbered impressions are so inscribed. Sheet size: 21.25" x 28.5". Mint condition.
Crak! (sometimes Crack!) is a 1963 pop art lithograph by Roy Lichtenstein in his comic book style of using Ben-Day dots and a text balloon. It was used in marketing materials for one of Lichtenstein's early shows. It is one of several of his works related to military art and monocular vision.
When Lichtenstein had his first solo show at The Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City in February 1962, it sold out before opening. The exhibition included Engagement Ring, Blam and The Refrigerator. The show ran from February 10 through March 3, 1962. After a west coast exhibition at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles from April 1–27, 1963, Lichtenstein had his second solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery from September 28 – October 24, 1963 that included Whaam!, Drowning Girl, Torpedo...Los!, Baseball Manager, In the Car, and Conversation.
Named for its onomatopoeic graphic text, Crak! is an offset lithograph on lightweight, white wove paper. According to the Lichtenstein Foundation, it was a marketing poster that "was published to announce Lichtenstein's exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, September 28 [–] October 24, 1963." The foundation notes that the work is sometimes dated 1964 with numbered impressions that are inscribed reflecting that date.
The screen-printed poster image presents a beret-clad woman shooting a rifle. Lichtenstein recomposed the comic book source — from a story written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Jack Abel in Star Spangled War Stories #102 (Apr./May 1962) — by replacing the mound of sand with what seems to be a stack of sandbags. He also isolated the figure by cropping the foreground and background elements.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 21¼ in | WIDTH: 28½ in
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