Roy Lichtenstein Pops! in Sarasota

Roy Lichtenstein pushed the envelope in the early 1960s with his Pop paintings that blurred the lines between high and low art.

The horticultural team at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida has pushed the envelope even farther, with a wonderful exhibit that brings to life the work that Lichtenstein was inspired to do after a visit to Claude Monet’s garden in  Giverny, France.

The exhibit features an indoor display of Lichtenstein’s Water Lilies With Reflections series, a limited edition of large-screen prints that are his Pop version of Monet’s water lilies.

Lichtenstein was a prolific printmaker throughout his career, and his prints played a major role in establishing printmaking as a significant art form in the 1960s. He began producing prints in 1962, using the offset lithograph technique that was more often used in commercial printing, and he began a long-term collaboration with the printmaking studio Gemini G.E.L. in 1969. Lichtenstein often used industrial materials such as Plexiglas, metal and Rowlux plastic in his work. The Rowlux added a shimmering texture to works like Landscape 6, available at VFA.

The staff at the Selby even placed Ben-Day dots on walkways and added sculptural elements like cartoon speech bubbles as an homage to Lichtenstein’s oeuvre.

Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! will be on display through June 27, 2021.

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Endowment to the Columbus Museum of Art

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was established after his death in 1997 and has been overseen by his wife, Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Foundation.

This year the Foundation gave a $1 million endowment to the Columbus Museum of Art to support a rotating fellowship, named the Lichtenstein Foundation Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts. Roy Lichtenstein received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Ohio and taught at the school for a decade.

The Works of Roy Lichtenstein at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Roy Lichtenstein or any of the other fine art available at the VFA gallery.

Madeline Luckel. Monet’s Giverny Blooms Anew in Florida, By Way of Roy Lichtenstein. Architectural Digest. February 19, 2021.
Jay Handelman. Selby Goes Pop! with Roy Lichtenstein exhibit. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. February 13, 2021.
Jessica Poitevien. Monet’s Most Famous Paintings Are Getting a Pop Art Twist at This Immersive Exhibit in Florida. Travel + Leisure Magazine. February 25, 2021.
Earl Hopkins. The Columbus Museum of Art receives $1 million for new fellowship program. The Columbus Dispatch. February 17, 2021.