In the 1960s there was a deliberate attempt by artists and print publishers to reach a bigger audience for art through the production of prints that were released in large editions. This objective was facilitated by screenprinting, a process which yielded many more examples than the more traditional printmaking methods of engraving or lithography. This print is from a portfolio entitled 'X + X(Ten Works by Ten Painters)' which was produced in an edition of 500 prints in 1964. Printed on plastic, this is one of Lichtenstein's first Pop prints, and the first to be made on a surface other than paper. Lichtenstein's printmaking is distinguished by the artist's use of technical innovations and experimental materials.
Gallery label, September 2004
Caterina Albano, Hong Ling, Rosa Barba and Henry Holland reflect on works in the Tate collection, including a recent purchase ...