|Co-organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in partnership with Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, through the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de Monterrey, Mexico and the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
This compelling new exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: Sculpture and Drawings, is the first complete retrospective of the artist's sculpture, and his related drawings, models and sketchbooks. Included are 100 sculptures and three-dimensional maquettes or models, the earliest of which are figural carvings and assemblages dating from the mid-1940s and 1950s, and latest of which is his last personally finished sculpture: the monumental House II, seen only at the Venice Biennale in 1997. Other large Lichtenstein sculpture projects included in the Corcoran exhibition range from a 32-foot-high Brushstroke Group sculpture of 1988, located outside the Museum at the corner of 17th Street and New York Avenue, to the actual 1977 BMW 320i rally car - the artist decorated Lichtenstein Art Car which competed in the 1977 Le Mans 24-hour race, to the 12 foot-high Brushstroke Nude (1993), a towering, colorfully painted cast aluminum sculpture.
An additional 103 works on paper (collages, sketches and sketchbooks) are included in the exhibition to reveal the artist's personal style, quirky appropriation and the development of his complex sculptural ideas. A number of these artworks have never been previously exhibited.
This exhibition idea began with the direct involvement and support of the artist, but, following his untimely death at age 73 in 1997 from complications of pneumonia, the project was modified for display in Mexico City, D.F. and Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. For presentation at the Corcoran, Deputy Director and Chief Curator Dr. Jack Cowart has refocused the exhibition on sculpture and sculpture-making, adding a number of sculptures and maquettes as well as all the drawings, collages and sketches.