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Lichtenstein sculpture given to isle art museum

May 11, 2014

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser



May 11--A work by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has been donated to the Hono­lulu Museum of Art.

Lichtenstein's 1995 relief sculpture "Woman Contemplating a Yellow Cup" was donated by Thurston and Sharon Twigg-Smith, trustees of the museum and longtime supporters of contemporary art in Hono­lulu. It is now on view in the European and American temporary exhibition gallery.

"This work now anchors our 20th-century collection," museum Director Stephan Jost said in a statement. "Lichtenstein defined the pop art movement and held a mirror up to American society, reflecting our consumer culture."

Lichtenstein is best known for using the style of comic strips in his art. One of his most famous works -- "Whaam!" -- depicts a jet fighter gunning down a rival. He was also known for using Benday dots, most commonly used in newspaper printing.

"Woman Contemplating a Yellow Cup" shows a woman's head, seen slightly from behind, as she looks into a room furnished with a painting, carpet and a table setting, including a yellow cup. Red dots of various sizes and color intensities figure prominently in the work.

James Jensen, the museum's curator of contemporary art, wrote in a news release that the work creates "interesting, dynamic spatial ambiguities" and that it shows "Lichtenstein as a master artist at the pinnacle of his career."

The wall relief formerly was displayed prominently in the Twigg-Smiths' home. "I already miss it," Sharon Twigg-Smith told the museum. "I miss the conversation with her every morning. It's a special piece, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we have."

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