Lichtenstein: Between Sea & Sky Opens at Guild Hall

Night Seascape by Roy Lichtenstein.
Night Seascape by Roy Lichtenstein.
Night Seascape by Roy Lichtenstein.

Artist Roy Lichtenstein’s connection to the East End of Long Island will be celebrated in a new exhibit opening at Guild Hall in East Hampton this weekend. Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky will open with a reception on Saturday, August 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

In 1964, inspired by both the long history of art and by imagery he found on contemporary printed postcards, Lichtenstein began to explore the genre of land and seascapes, using paint, plastic, enamel, drawings, collage, print, and even film to realize his various works. Seascapes were an essential part of the artist’s lifelong exploration of psychological optics, light and his keen observations on the nature of field and ground. They were a genre he would revisit throughout his career in various media and guises.

Comprised of over 30 works from private lenders and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, the exhibition will include works from the 1960s-1990s. The exhibition, a collaboration between Guild Hall and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Mickey Straus.

On Friday, August 7, at 5 p.m., a summer gala will celebrate the new exhibit and will be hosted by North Haven artist April Gornik. The exclusive exhibition preview will also include an evening of music dancing and dining, as well as a live art auction. Tickets start at $500 and are only $50 for young patrons 21 to 40 years of age. On Saturday, August 8 at 3 p.m., Thomas Crow, an art history professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where he is a Rosalie Solow professor, will give a keynote lecture on Lichtenstein. Mr. Crow is the author of “The Long March of Pop; Art, Music, and Design 1930 to 1995 (2015),” “The Rise of the Sixties (2005),” along with other books on modern art, French painting of the 18th Century, and approaches to art history.

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