Long Modern Sculpture
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
Not on View

Long Modern Sculpture is an example of Lichtenstein’s “Modern” sculpture series, begun in 1967. The machine-like precision and patterned repetition of geometric forms draw from the ornamental Art Deco style of the 1930s. Linear and circular patterns repeat throughout this elongated sculpture, mimicking a brass railing from New York’s Radio City Music Hall or the elements of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Based on features from Art Deco style architectural design, the series maintains itself as fine art by denying any useful purpose.

Long Modern Sculpture essentially has only two sides. Lichtenstein saw sculpture as being two-dimensional since, as a viewer moves around an artwork, he or she can only see it from one angle at a time.


  • Artist Name: Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
  • Title: Long Modern Sculpture
  • Date: 1969
  • Medium: Polished brass in four sections, mounted on metal base painted black
  • Dimensions: 50-3/4 x 384 x 12 in. (128.9 x 975.4 x 30.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Partial Museum Purchase, Partial Gift of the Artist
  • Accession Number: P.1969.122a-d
  • Copyright: © 2008 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Object Information

Roy Lichtenstein, partial Museum purchase and partial gift of the artist, 1969, to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

[on loan]

  • Pasadena, Paseo Colorado, 2001-09-28 to 2001-09-28

Roy Lichtenstein: Inside/Outside

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami, Fla.), 2001-12-12 to 2002-02-28

Roy Lichtenstein

  • Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, 1972-06-19 to 1972-08-20

A Look at New York

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-06-12 to 1973-07-22

Made in America: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1999-06-24 to 2000-03-26

Duchamp to Pop

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2016-03-04 to 2016-08-29

American Art of the 1960s from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Los Angeles, The Temporary Contemporary, 1990-03-13 to 1990-06-13
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1988-10-04 to 1989-02-05

Recent Acquisitions, 1969

  • Pasadena Art Museum, 1969-11-24 to 1970-01-18
  • Pasadena Art Museum, Recent Acquisitions 1969, 1969, no. 32 pp. 24-25
  • Waldman, Diane, Roy Lichtenstein, 1969, no. 68 p. 98
  • Clearwater, Bonnie, Roy Lichtenstein: Inside/Outside, 2001, fig. 18 pp. 42-44

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