Look at This!
With Lichtenstein’s painting, Sleeping Girl (1964), setting a new auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s last night, when it sold for $44.9 million, an exhibition premiering this month at the Art Institute of Chicago, “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,” may garner even more attention. While you won’t see Sleeping Girl there, you will see some work at the earliest and latest points in the artist’s career.
An iconic painting by Roy Lictenstein set a new worldwide auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s early this evening, creating one of the few dramatic moments in what was, at times, a humdrum sale. The Lichtenstein, Sleeping Girl (1964), which sold for $44.9 million, tied for the auction’s top spot with a Francis Bacon painting of the artist’s lover George Dyer from 1976, created shortly before Dyer killed himself.
The plot thickened today in the ongoing legal drama involving Larry Gagosian, Jan Cowles (the mother of retired Artforum editor and art dealer Charles Cowles) and a $2.5 million Mark Tansey painting, with The New York Post reporting that Ms. Cowles has slapped Gogo with a $14 million suit alleging that he sold the Tansey and another work, a $4.5 million Lichtenstein, without her consent.
Christie’s is first out of the gate with details about its fall contemporary art evening sale in New York, announcing that a classic 1961 Roy Lichtenstein that shows a man slyly looking through a peephole will headline its Nov. 8 auction, where it is expected to sell for between $35 and $45 million.