The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Three Brushstrokes/Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein's Three Brushstrokes (1984) was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2005 as part of the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Collection. The work is an early painted aluminum piece that was originally brush coated with a studio-made paint system that combined artists' colors with industrial paint.

In a previous restoration intervention in 1995—before the Museum's acquisition of the sculpture—the object had been completely painted over. Curatorial expertise, archival sources, and technical examinations of the object itself determined that the existing colors for the primary fields of red, yellow, and blue were quite different from the original intended appearance. Getty Museum conservators, Getty Conservation Institute scientists, and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate started on a collaborative research partnership with an objective to learn more about the history of Three Brushstrokes. They began a comprehensive technical survey of all of the exterior paint systems used by Roy Lichtenstein, his assistants, and various fabricators.

In this presentation, Julie Wolfe, associate conservator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Jack Cowart, executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, focus on the six-month conservation treatment that was carried out in the beginning of 2011 involving the complete repainting of the sculpture with the hands-on assistance of the artist's studio assistant, who painted the sculpture originally. The innovative approach will clearly impact the future of conservation for all of Lichtenstein's outdoor painted works, as well as provide a model for improved guidelines for the care of outdoor painted sculpture.

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