Lichtenstein and Rosenquist at AXA
Greeted by Roy Lichtenstein’s 70 foot tall “Mural with Blue Brushstrokes”, the public spaces are dedicated to exhibition galleries and public art. The Lichtenstein was initially commissioned to compliment the Whitney Collection, which were originally displayed here. Although their website is extremely out of date (the most recent exhibition listed is from 2006), the galleries are open to the public. The permanent collection highlights include pieces by James Rosenquist, Sol le Witt, Agnes Denes, and Barry Flanagan.
Particularly interesting is “Nasturtium Salad,” by James Rosenquist, as it is one of the early examples of his foray into experimenting with cross-hatching in the 1980s. In these pieces, the cross-hatched slashes reveal an interior beneath the surface, like a peeking human form beneath an organic scene on the surface- meant to represent the “threats posed by our increasingly technological environment”.
Most pieces in the collection were specifically commissioned for AXA Equitable or its subsidiaries.
Who: Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Le Witt
Where: 787 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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