In collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Gagosian New York is pleased to announce Roy Lichtenstein: Greene Street Mural.
In December 1983, Lichtenstein created Greene Street Mural, an unprecedented site-specific and temporary wall painting measuring 18 × 96 1/2 feet at the Castelli Gallery at 142 Greene Street. In accordance with Lichtenstein’s intention, the work was destroyed after the six-week show. More than thirty years later, Gagosian will present to a new generation of viewers a full-scale painted replica of the original work, based on documentation from Lichtenstein’s studio and produced under the supervision of his former studio assistant. In keeping with the momentous spirit of the original project, the replica will be destroyed at the close of the exhibition.
In Greene Street Mural, Lichtenstein layered pervasive images from his pop lexicon—marble-patterned composition notebooks, cartoonish brushstrokes, and Swiss cheese—with new motifs, including the Neo-Geo tropes of the Perfect/Imperfect paintings; faux woodblock shading patterns; and office items such as filing cabinets, envelopes, and folding chairs. Echoing the self-reflexive and art-historical juxtapositions of the Artist’s Studio paintings made during the same period, the mural conflates citations from Lichtenstein’s own oeuvre with references to Picasso and Brancusi, Art Deco motifs, and depictions of the Great Pyramids. This heady mix epitomizes Lichtenstein’s ability to absorb anything and everything that caught his eye into his constantly evolving artistic idiom.
Related source material, drawings, and studies will accompany the panoramic mural, in addition to paintings and sculptures of the period, among which are works from the companion exhibition that was held at Castelli Gallery at 420 West Broadway from December 1983 to January 1984.
An accompanying, fully illustrated publication will include an essay by art historian and curator Camille Morineau, rarely seen photography by Bob Adelman that captured the creation of the original Greene Street Mural, and extensive documentation relating to Lichtenstein’s twelve realized and four unrealized murals.
Greene Street Mural
Jack Cowart, Executive Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and Rob McKeever, a former assistant to Lichtenstein, recall the making of the original Greene Street Mural.
Behind the Art
Time-lapse: Greene Street Mural
More than thirty years after its creation, Gagosian presents a full-scale painted replica of the original Greene Street Mural by Roy Lichtenstein, based on documentation from the artist’s studio and produced by sign painters under the supervision of his former studio assistant.
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