The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has been curating and facilitating public access to the artist’s work for nearly two decades.
Dorothy Lichtenstein, who was married to Lichtenstein for almost thirty years, has headed the Foundation since its inception in 1999. She says that the Foundation is turning over artworks and other materials from their extensive collection to the Whitney Museum of American Art and to the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.
Roy Lichtenstein at the Whitney
The Whitney will be establishing the The Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection, with the Foundation’s donation of more than four hundred works created by Lichtenstein during his long career. The works, made from 1940 until his death in 1997, include paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures, maquettes, models, study photographs and drawings, with additional work to be donated in the future.
The Whitney will also use the Lichtenstein Studio, located in the West Village, just a short walk from the museum, to host a series of educational programs to further the study and research about the works of Lichtenstein and his contemporaries
Roy Lichtenstein at the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Archives of American Art is receiving a vast amount of material from Lichtenstein’s studio records. The material includes artist interviews, oral histories, art object files, an audiovisual collection, personal and professional correspondence, exhibition files thousands of documentary photographs of the artist, his art, and exhibition installations, making it the most complete research resource anywhere on the art and life of Roy Lichtenstein.
The collection will be digitized and access to the materials will be free and available to the public on the Smithsonian Archives website. Both the Whitney and the Smithsonian have been ardent supporters of Roy Lichtenstein and his work has been a part of their permanent collections for decades.
The Smithsonian’s current exhibit One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey at the National Portrait Gallery includes a Lichtenstein portrait of Robert F. Kennedy and a screenprint, used for the TIME magazine issue The Gun in America, published two weeks after Kennedy’s assassination. The exhibit runs through May 19, 2019.
Lichtenstein Topping the Charts
Lichtenstien’s works have been performing well at auction, especially in the last few years. According to the Blouin Art Sales Index, Roy Lichtenstein features in the top 20 artists, with auction sales of his works in 2017 reaching $119.6 million at auction.
Red and White Brushstrokes fetched $28.2 million and other works went for comparable amounts.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Work at the Surovek Gallery
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Brigit Katz The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Will Give Away Its Trove of Artworks and Archives Smithsonian.com June 12, 2018.
Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Announces Promised Gifts to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Archives of American Art. June 6, 2018 Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
BLOUIN ARTINO Know Your Artists by the Numbers July 18, 2018.