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Parrish Screens “Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes” Doc

The Parrish Art Museum is shedding a bit more light on their now landmark roadside sculpture “Tokyo Brushstrokes” with a presentation of the documentary, Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes on Friday at 6 p.m.

The film is an in-depth look into the artist’s process for creating his brushstroke sculptures. Directed by Mark Trottenberg and produced by Checkerboard Film Foundation, the doc provides insight into these monumental works, one of which is installed on The Bacon Family Meadow at the entrance of the Parrish Art Museum on April 18, 2014. Checkerboard founder/producer Edgar B. Howard will introduce the 30-minute documentary, and a Q & A led by Parrish Director Terrie Sultan will follow.

Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes follows Lichtenstein’s process from collaged brushstroke images to 3–D models; from meetings with the Japanese curator and architect to the actual fabrication at the foundry; and finally the installation in Tokyo. Sculptures from this series have also been installed as public works in Paris, Barcelona, Indianapolis, and Water Mill, New York, at the Parrish.

Roy Lichtenstein with
Roy Lichtenstein with “Tokyo Brushstroke” maquette, Photo: Courtesy Parrish Art Museum

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most important artists of the 20th Century and a key figure in the East End’s creative community,” Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Andrea Grover says. “In addition to revealing how a work of art evolves from the artist’s earliest concept to full realization, the film is the perfect vehicle for sharing the history behind the Museum’s Tokyo Brushstroke I & II, installed in April 2014.”

This event marks the first collaboration between the Parrish and Checkerboard in a new program series designed to screen documentaries on art and architecture with a specific relevance to the Museum’s collection, mission and engagement with artists of the East End of Long Island. Future screenings at the Parrish include Ralph Gibson: Photographer/Book Artist in February, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line in March.

Roy Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes will screen on Friday, January 30 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and free for Parrish members, children and students.

Ralph Gibson: Photographer/Book Artist screens on Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line screens on Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

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