American painter Roy Lichtenstein built a legacy one Ben-Day at a time. Most widely known for his pop-art paintings, which incorporated the kinetic aesthetics and whizzing language of comic strips, Lichtenstein was a pioneering force within the Pop Art movement.
With the stated goal of facilitating public access to Lichtenstein’s life and work, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation announced on Wednesday two major gifts to be given to both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.
The Foundation will donate more than 400 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, collages, maquettes, models, study photographs, drawings and studio materials, to the Whitney to establish the Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection, where public programs are planned for this fall.
The Archives of American Art will work with the Foundation to digitize Lichtenstein’s archives, which will be free and open to the public on the Archives of American Art’s website. Once completed the digital archive will represent the most comprehensive research resource on the art and life of Lichtenstein. Kate Haw, director of the Archives of American Art, said in the press release: “Accessibility to the collection on the Archives’ website will create greater opportunities for a wide community of researchers to bring new perspectives to the study and appreciation of the artist, his oeuvre, and his time.”
Top Image: Roy Lichtenstein in front of his paintings Craig… (1964) and Happy Tears (1964) in his West 26th Street studio, NY, 1964. Art: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; Photograph: © Ken Heyman. Courtesy The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.