Long-haul for Lichtenstein

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Rendering for Roy Lichtenstein’s Tokyo Brushstroke I & II, 1994. Photo: courtesy the Parrish Art Museum

A towering sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein is coming home again—but it will not be easy to get it there. On 27 March, a fleet of flatbed trucks are due to transport Tokyo Brushstroke I & II, 1994, to the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, where a crane will lower the work into a cement brace on the institution’s front lawn. The 17,000lb, two-part aluminium sculpture is the first long-term outdoor installation at the museum’s Herzog & de Meuron-designed building, which opened in 2012. The East End institution is a fitting host: Lichtenstein and his wife Dorothy moved to the area in 1970 and the artist collaborated with the museum on several shows before his death in 1997. The work is on renewable loan for five years from the New York collectors Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, who also have a home in the Hamptons. “It’s a symbol of something it isn’t and that is part of the irony I’m interested in,” Lichtenstein has said of the sculpture, which is from his larger “brushstroke” series. Indeed, real brushstrokes, no matter how laden with emotion, are never that heavy.

From In The Frame
Published online: 19 March 2014

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