|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 exhibition, in a modified version, originated in Mexico City and toured to Monterrey, Mexico and on to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
This exhibition is the first complete retrospective of the artist's sculpture and related drawings, models and sketchbooks. Included are 100 sculptures and three-dimensional maquettes or models, from an early figural carving dating from the mid-1940s to the 12 foot-high Brushstroke Nude, a towering, colorfully painted cast aluminum sculpture from the 1990s.
Works on paper (collages, sketches and sketchbooks) and paintings 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 idea for this exhibition began with the direct involvement and support of the artist shortly before his untimely death at age 73 in 1997 from complications of pneumonia.