Element #E from Five Brushstrokes


Roy Lichtenstein first began making scultural works in the early 60's just after his first exhibition of paintings at Leo Castelli Gallery. His first Pop sculptures were renderings of utilitarian objects and mannequin-style heads, both directly influenced by the representation of commercial techniques in his painting. As his career progressed. Lichtenstein's sculpture evolved with his painting. in the 1980's this convergence of media culminated in his monumental brushstroke sculptures. Evoking the movement and color of paint on canvas, these totem-like works suspend the artist's sweeping brushstrokes in midair, balancing one on top of the other in a dynamic sculptural spectacle. 'Element #E' - one of Lichetnstein's most ambitious brushstroke works, seen here for the first time - was fabricated by the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein for special loan to the City Hall Academy in the Dept of Education. More than 50 feet tall, this monumental sculpture is a painter's action ship, portraying the moment when a brush is drawn across the canvas in remarkable three-dimensional form.

Created, 1984
Installed, 2004