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Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled (detail), 1979. Pigment on silk sateen. 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photo credit: Aaron Igler. Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk sateen. 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photo credit: Aaron Igler.
Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled (detail), 1979. Pigment on silk sateen. 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photo credit: Aaron Igler.
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Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk sateen. 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photo credit: Aaron Igler.
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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein fashioned his 1979 Untitled shirt in collaboration with the FW+M and to benefit Artists Space, a not-for-profit visual arts organization in New York City. Produced as an edition of 100, the shirt was silkscreen printed with pigment on silk sateen and sewn into a basic shirt design, based on the artist’s specifications.

A non-representational print, the design of the shirt is unmistakably Lichtenstein. His signature Benday dots, stripes, and palette of primary colors comprise the abstract composition of diagonal bands of red, blue, yellow, black, and white. Lichtenstein was sensitive to the functionality of a shirt, as the stripes of color wrap around the body, alluding to the three-dimensional, curving form of its potential wearer. Made from silk, the drape of the shirt, too, emphasizes the dynamic play of the diagonal bands of color, which ripple and flow at the slightest movement.

Bio
American, born 1923, died 1997
Roy Lichtenstein was born in Manhattan, and grew up on the Upper West Side. He began his undergraduate studies in 1940 at Ohio State University, but was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Sent to Europe in 1945, Lichtenstein returned home in 1946 and completed his BFA at Ohio State under the G.I. Bill. He continued his studies at Ohio State University, earning a MFA in 1949. From the time of his first one-person show in New York—organized by the Carlebach Gallery in 1951—Lichtenstein’s work has been the subject of hundreds of exhibitions throughout the world. By the 1960s, Lichtenstein was actively involved in the Pop Art movement, and had developed his signature style, introducing comic-strip figures, followed by Benday dots, speech balloons, and lettering into his work. Inspired by everyday objects and consumerized American culture, his paintings and prints depict product packaging, stylized portraits and landscapes, and satirical renderings of other artistic styles and other artists’ work. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum organized one major retrospective of Lichtenstein’s work in 1969, and another in 1993, both of which traveled to many venues throughout the United States and, in the case of the second, Europe. His drawings were the subject of a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1987.