The last time Roy Lichtenstein’s painting of a man peering through a peephole was sold at auction, in 1988, it fetched $2.1 million, a record for the artist.
The first U.S. retrospective of Chinese Conceptualist, architect and activist Ai Weiwei is at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It’s clear that his cultural significance far outweighs his artistic importance.
Roy Lichtenstein’s 1961 painting of a man looking through a peephole sold for $43.2 million last night in New York, one of 13 records set at an auction of contemporary art by Christie’s International.
A $4 million Roy Lichtenstein painting that disappeared 42 years ago when it was sent out for cleaning was returned to its owner in Manhattan.
Records were smashed for Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and auctions themselves as Christie’s sold $495 million of contemporary art last night in New York.
It took three flatbed trucks, two cranes and a crew of 20 to install Roy Lichtenstein’s sculptures of bold brushstrokes on the front lawn of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York.
Christie’s International said there was a surge in demand for contemporary art as an investment, after its sales climbed 9 percent in 2011.
How did the artistic legacies of Motherwell, Rauschenberg and Twombly turn into the gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
"I think he had a really visceral idea that eating clotted cream was going immediately to his arteries."
- Roy Lichtenstein on Feb 19, 2013