Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Donates 200,000 Photographs to Five Institutions

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has announced it will give approximately 200,000 black-and-white prints, color photographs, negatives, contact sheets, transparencies, and slides to five major institutions, reports Ted Loos of the New York Times. The donation, which was culled from the Harry Shunk and Shunk-Kender photography collection, includes photographs of post-war artists and artworks taken by Harry Shunk and János Kender: Yves Klein’s Leap into the Void, 1960; ninety-two prints of Yayoi Kusama’s The Anatomic Explosion, 1968, and Mirror Performance, 1963; and documentation of MoMA’s 1971 exhibition, “Pier 18,” which showcased the work of twenty-seven artists including John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dennis Oppenheim, Richard Serra, and Michael Snow; among others. Most of the collection will be given to the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Four museums (the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Tate, London) will be given their own gifts and will be able to request the Getty’s holdings for academic use, creating a consortium between these institutions. The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation acquired the photographs between 2008 and 2012, when they were at risk of being scattered after Shunk’s death in 2006.