For all you fellow fans of lobsters in art, drop everything and run as fast as you can to the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea. There you will find an art lobster dream come true. The gallery is currently hosting a show featuring Roy Lichtenstein's still lifes. And while many of the paintings and sculptures are fantastic, there are a couple of particular interest to lobster connosieurs, with two, that's right I said two, enormous still lifes featuring lobsters. And as a bonus, there's a brilliant, small colored-pencil drawing that is a study for one of the larger paintings. It's a veritable Art Lobster feast.
I was aware that Lichenstein had created lobster art but I thought they were smaller, editioned works. Lichtenstein lobsters have been on my art-I'd-really-like-to-see list for a long time. And experiencing the meticulous craftsmanship of Lichtenstein's technique helped me build more of an appreciation for the artist. It was also interesting to see how many of these works reference historical artistic movements, from the Dutch masters, to Impressionism and Cubism. That also gave me a greater appreciation for Lichtenstein.
Now I may be willing to sneak a forbidden photo in the Met, but I wasn't about to mess with the gallery attendtants at Gagosian. I've met some cranky gallery goons in my museum going career, but I've seen very few who looked so ready to rip the camera from your hands and smash it to the floor. I suppose it's understandable since there were hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art in the gallery. That means all I could muster the courage to do was take a photo of the show poster in the entryway. That's the picture above.
I'll end this post by saying that this is a major check-off on my Art Lobster bucket list. Now, if I can just figure out a way to see Dali's lobster phone and some of Koons' lobster sculptures and paintings. Roy Lichtenstein Still Lifes is up through July 30.