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Roy Lichtenstein

Sculpture

September 15–October 22, 2005
West 24th Street, New York

Roy Lichtenstein: SCULPTURE Installation view

Roy Lichtenstein: SCULPTURE

Installation view

Roy Lichtenstein: SCULPTURE Installation view

Roy Lichtenstein: SCULPTURE

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Roy Lichtenstein, Ritual Mask, 1992 Painted and galvanized steel, 51 ⅛ × 26 ⅝ × 11-/38 inches (129.9 × 67.6 × 28.9 cm), edition of 6

Roy Lichtenstein, Ritual Mask, 1992

Painted and galvanized steel, 51 ⅛ × 26 ⅝ × 11-/38 inches (129.9 × 67.6 × 28.9 cm), edition of 6

Roy Lichtenstein, Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, 1996 Painted and patinated bronze, 39 ⅝ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches each (100.6 × 64.1 × 2.9 cm), edition of 6© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, 1996

Painted and patinated bronze, 39 ⅝ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches each (100.6 × 64.1 × 2.9 cm), edition of 6
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Ceramic Sculpture 8, 1965 Glazed ceramic, 9 × 9 × 6 ⅝ inches (22.9 × 22.9 × 16.8 cm)© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Ceramic Sculpture 8, 1965

Glazed ceramic, 9 × 9 × 6 ⅝ inches (22.9 × 22.9 × 16.8 cm)
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Muse, 1983 Patinated bronze, 25 ½ × 34 ¼ × 4 inches (64.8 × 87 × 10.2 cm), edition of 6© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Muse, 1983

Patinated bronze, 25 ½ × 34 ¼ × 4 inches (64.8 × 87 × 10.2 cm), edition of 6
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

About

Gagosian is pleased to present the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Sculpture, which has been organized in collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. This extensive survey reflects over fifty years of Lichtenstein’s sculptural oeuvre, and it will highlight the artist’s Head, Glass, and Brushstroke subjects.

The collision of high and low modes is the very strategy of his art, indeed of Pop in general, and here he extends it to sculpture as well: traditional bust meets abstract mannequin, Abstract Expressionist brushstroke meets cartoon sign of the same. Crucially, however, the reference to traditional genres not only frames this collision, but in doing so, controls it as well. And if there is a radical edge in Lichtenstein, it lies here: less in his thematic appropriation of comics and the like, and more in his formal reconciliation of lowly contents and high forms.
—Hal Foster

Employing minimal graphic means to represent commonplace items such as a fishbowl or a mirror, Lichtenstein’s abstract forms are seductive Pop objects that convey a substantial visual presence. Aesthetically referencing the artist’s own paintings and drawings, the works also nod to historical masterpieces, evoking Matisse and Picasso, Cubism and Surrealism. Through swooping paint strokes and larger-than-life-size drinking glasses, Lichtenstein creates objects that oscillate in the realm between two and three dimensions, a paradoxical state that uniquely distinguishes his sculpture.

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