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Long Modern Sculpture, 1969

Roy Lichtenstein

American, 1923-1997
Polished brass in four sections, mounted on metal base painted black
50-3/4 x 384 x 12 in. (128.9 x 975.4 x 30.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Partial Museum Purchase, Partial Gift of the Artist
© 2008 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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Lichtenstein found inspiration for his imagery in daily life, referencing a broad range of subjects in his work, including advertising, comic strips, consumer goods, spirituality, violence, and romance. Long Modern Sculpture is an example from the artist's "Modern" series, begun in 1966. This body of work takes a nostalgic look back at Art Deco, a distinct artistic style popular in America and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. The Modern works contain the most significant and recurring design elements characteristic of this period, including circles, semicircles, squares, and triangles. The sculptures in this series were fabricated from the materials commonly found in Art Deco interiors and accessories, such as brass, aluminum, and mirrored glass. Long Modern Sculpture, with its linear and streamlined design, recalls the grand brass staircase railings of the period.

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