Lichtenstein atFairchild

Monday, September 17, 2007

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN TO HOST MONUMENTAL EXHIBITION BY POP ICON ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Lichtenstein at Fairchild:

December 8, 2007 through May 31, 2008

"WHAAM!!" "BLAAM!!" "POW!!" Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is getting ready to blow South Florida away with a sculpture exhibition of one of the world‘s most iconic Pop artists, Roy Lichtenstein. Fairchild, one of the world‘s premier botanic gardens and Miami-Dade County‘s oldest cultural institution, will host the large scale sculpture exhibition as part of its annual series, art and flowers program. With sculptures ranging from eight to 30 feet high, Lichtenstein at Fairchild will mark the largest sculptural exhibition of Lichtenstein‘s pieces in a naturalistic setting. This will be first time they have been installed in a world-class botanic garden.

Lichtenstein at Fairchild will open on December 8, 2007, during the famed international art show, Art Basel Miami Beach, and will be on view through May 31, 2008, at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, FL. The sculptures in the exhibition are on loan from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and private collectors.

"Lichtenstein is an American icon and we are thrilled to bring his Pop Art to South Florida," said Bruce Greer, Fairchild‘s board of trustees president. "Fairchild is excited to be showing some of Lichtenstein‘s most monumental sculptures. Fairchild‘s world-famous tropical garden landscape will provide a unique setting for Lichtenstein‘s colorful and exciting style."

Fairchild will install 10 individual pieces of Lichtenstein‘s most recognizable works, two of which, the Coup de Chapeau II, 1996, and Galatea, 1990, were recently installed in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. The 30-foot sculpture, Brushstrokes, 1996, is from Roy Lichtenstein‘s last monumental series of brushstroke sculptures. Pieces from this series have been exhibited in some of the world‘s greatest cities --New York, Washington, Madrid and Zurich. Another Lichtenstein favorite, House II, 1997, and the grand Art Deco Modern Head, 1974/1989, standing more than 30 feet high, will also be on display, among others.

Together with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the American pop art movement. Lichtenstein, best known for his modern and colorful art of distinctly American subjects, was inspired by newspaper ads and comic strips of the 1960s. He imitated the newspaper printing style in his paintings by using patterns of colored dots to achieve different tones, and his sculptures were directly influenced by his paintings. By the 1980s he was producing monumental pieces, such as those that will be displayed at Fairchild.

"Lichtenstein‘s work will draw many people to the garden, all of whom will also be exposed to the importance of tropical plant conservation," said Mike Maunder, PhD, Fairchild‘s executive director. "This year the gardens will?look astonishing as we fill the landscape with colorful flowers- a spectacular combination of tropical flowers and world class art."

The art and flowers program supports Fairchild‘s conservation work and educational outreach programs and establishes awareness about the important conservation work taking place at the garden. Fairchild houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), the largest palm collection in the USA and internationally important collections of rare tropical fruit and cycads. Fairchild has an international conservation program conserving some of the world‘s rarest species and tropical habitats and works with more than 20 countries around the world.

For more information about Lichtenstein at Fairchild or Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.

About FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

About the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Established in accordance with the wishes of the artist and his immediate family, this private operating foundation aspires to encourage and support a broader understanding of the art of Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) and of the contemporary art and artists of his time. The Foundation intends to carry forward the artist‘s interests and legacy to many subsequent generations of art audiences and the general public.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • Lichtenstein at Fairchild:

When: December 8, 2007 - May 31, 2008, daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Day Admission: $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

  • Poppin‘ Tropical Nights: Fairchild will remain open on Thursday evenings so that guests can enjoy Lichtenstein‘s monumental sculptures illuminated with special lighting effects. Special entertainment will change weekly, and food and beverages will be available.

When: Thursdays beginning December 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ** hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. beginning March 2008.

Night Admission: $20 for Fairchild members, $15 for member children 6-17; $30 for non-members, $20 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.

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