Roy Lichtenstein | Ceramic Sculpture #7 | 1965 or 1966
Glazed ceramic, 9 1/2 x 9 x 7 in. (24.1 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm).
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Drawing from his earlier canvases, Roy Lichtenstein painted Ben-day dots and dark shadows on a series of ceramic sculptures he produced in 1965 and 1966. He described the paradox of choosing to paint over the sculptures: "Decorating them made them look unreal at the same time it pretended to make them look more real." In Ceramic Sculpture #7, Lichtenstein depicts a pile of diner coffee cups and saucers constructed as a continuous piece of sculpture that tricks the eye. The cups would have in reality been made in ceramic, and the artist's appropriation of this utilitarian material highlights his efforts to blur the distinction between art and life.