Late Southampton resident and “king of POP” Roy Lichtenstein would have loved the idea of Barney’s in New York selling a home collection inspired by his art. Under the direction of his widow, Dorothy and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, the ultra hip luxury retailer is now offering limited edition pieces that will in part benefit the Art Production Fund.
This week the store’s Madison Avenue windows will showcase products from the collaboration including beach towels, bags, pool floats, beach balls, paper cups and plates, placemats and china. Lichtenstein’s “Baked Potato,” “Drawing for a Kiss” and “Ice Cream Soda” are among the iconic images used for the line.
Dorothy, who has been an excellent steward of her late husband’s work, would never do anything if she felt he would not have approved, and she knows the line would have “tickled him immensely.” The artist himself created a whole line of dinnerware and paper plates based on his museum-quality works in the late ‘60s and Dorothy continues to use the vintage plates at parties in her Southampton home. (Just one 1969 paper plate sells for $400–$1,000 on eBay, by the way.)
The Barney’s line sells from $28 to $295 and 25 percent will go to the Art Production Fund. Note to collectors: This is a one time only production. Once it sells out, Barney’s will not run a second edition. So get on over to Madison and grab your exclusive Lichtenstein beach towel so you can plop on POP at Coopers Beach.
Visit barneys.com to shop the Lichtenstein Collection!