The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has donated 186 artworks to four American museums and one European institution to celebrate the late artist’s centennial anniversary of his birth this October.
The receiving institutions are the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum in New York; and the Albertina in Vienna.
The Colby College Museum of Art and the Nasher Museum, which co-organized the scholarly traveling exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960, have received an important joint gift of a seminal mixed media work, Composition (c. 1955), made of painted scrap wood, wood, bolts and screws, which will be shared between the institutions.
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation gave the gift in celebration of the centennial of Roy Lichtenstein. Colby received a sculpture and six paintings, and the Nasher received a sculpture and seven paintings. These works from early in the artist’s career were created when Lichtenstein was evoking mythic narratives and archetypes on national themes, as seen in Washington Crossing the Delaware 1 (c. 1951) and Death of the General / Death of a General (c. 1951) gifted to Colby, and Washington Crossing the Delaware II (c. 1951) and Weatherford Surrenders to Jackson (c. 1953), gifted to the Nasher. The museums anticipate that these gifts will help advance their academic mission, opening new possibilities for multidisciplinary learning and research and student and public engagement.
Image : Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled, c. 1959. Opaque watercolor on paper, 20 1/16 × 25 11/16 inches (50.96 × 65.25 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in Celebration of the Centennial of Roy Lichtenstein, 2023.4.5. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Image courtesy of the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
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