I.2. Ten Landscapes, 1967
Rosa Esman approached Lichtenstein about doing Ten Landscapes, his first solo print portfolio. Screenprint with collage of iridescent Mylar, photography, and Rowlux are combined in this series of images rich in textural and spatial interplay. The landscapes are invented, not derived from comic strips, advertisements, and other printed sources.
Lichtenstein first used Rowlux in 1965 for the print RLCR 1009, Seascape (1). (See Remarks for further discussion of the material.) The screenprint stencils used to create Ten Landscapes were hand-cut by the artist. The photographs, taken by the artist, were printed by Slide-O-Chrome Corporation, New York. The printer, Charles Cardinale, under Lichtenstein’s supervision, die-cut the Rowlux from large sheets, so the desired moiré pattern could be obtained for each image. Individual prints within each edition thus differ from each other owing to variation in the moiré pattern.
Each print is mounted to a museum-board backing with a strip of linen tape at the top, and then covered by a folder of white Cranes Crest paper. The prints are housed in a portfolio box made of aluminum, Plexiglas, and black cloth-covered boards and designed so that when the box is placed on a table, one of the prints can be safely displayed through the Plexiglas top. The title page is screenprinted in yellow and blue on white wove paper.
According to contemporary publication notices, this portfolio was published by Original Editions in collaboration with Leo Castelli Gallery. The colophon page, however, lists Original Editions as the sole publisher.
(Corlett 2002, p. 88)