Whaam! Pow! Lichtenstein Foundation Starts to Wind Down With Big Gifts
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Whaam! Pow! Lichtenstein Foundation Starts to Wind Down With Big Gifts

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sweet Dreams, Baby!” from 1965. The screenprint is one of the works going to the Whitney Museum of American Art from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. At a time when some single-artist foundations are exploring new ways to stay relevant by hosting artist residencies, or giving prizes, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is making a dramatic impact by beginning the process of winding itself down. And it is doing so with a bang — or as Lichtenstein might have rendered it in Ben-Day dots, with a Pow! The foundation is announcing this week that it is giving around 400 artworks in all media by the Pop Art master — about half its holdings — to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The museum’s director, Adam D. Weinberg , said that the donation, one of the biggest single-artist gifts the Whitney had ever received, would become “one of the historical markers of the institution,” and comparable to its renowned, if larger, Edward Hopper collection. The foundation will also give historical material comprising approximately half a million documents to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art . The director of the archives, Kate Haw, said she believed it was the largest single-artist […]

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