Roy Lichtenstein in 1969 at his 190 Bowery studio in New York. Photo: Lord Snowdon / Trunk Archive.

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Announces Gifts to the Whitney Museum and the Archives of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art in Washington, DC, are the recipients of major gifts from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, an institution whose main goal is to make the Pop artist’s work more accessible to the public.

The Whitney will receive more than four hundred pieces—such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, prints, and maquettes—in order to establish the Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection. The gift also includes access to the late artist’s West Village studio, where a series of Whitney programs will take place starting this fall. “The Whitney Museum has a long history of presenting and collecting Lichtenstein’s work,” said Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown director of the Whitney Museum. “The Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection at the Whitney was selected by a team of curators, conservators, archivists . . . who were charged to think holistically about how this collection would better—and further—our understanding of Roy Lichtenstein, the art of his time, and the history of postwar American art.”

Lichtenstein’s studio working records—including oral histories, artist interviews, personal and professional correspondences, and documentary photographs—will be digitized in collaboration with the Archives of American Art, and given to the institution in stages. Access to the materials will be free and available on the archives’ website. Kate Haw, the director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, said: “Roy Lichtenstein is indisputably one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century, and we are enormously proud that the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has entrusted the Archives of American Art with playing such an important role in preserving and expanding his legacy with this extraordinary pledge. Accessibility to the collection on the archives’ website will create greater opportunities for a wide community of researchers to bring new perspectives to the study and appreciation of the artist, his oeuvre, and his time.”