Renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is perhaps best known for works like Blam (1962), Drowning Girl (1963) and Crying Girl (1964).
With bold colors, strong lines, and an aesthetic mirroring that of American comic books, Lichtenstein helped influence and define pop art in the 1960s by propelling commercial design into the fine art sphere.
Though his large-scale paintings tend to be fan favorites, Lichtenstein’s sketches and drawings are nonetheless loved by art collectors and aficionados worldwide. The striking details of such pieces call for superior display and protection – qualities provided by Tru Vue® Museum Glass®.
Just outside of Detroit in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, sits the small custom conservational frame shop, Art + Frame. When a customer walked in for a consultation with owner Bradley Gordon regarding custom framing for a few pieces bought at auction, Bradley was surprised when the customer presented an original Lichtenstein.
The piece – a brightly colored drawing of Girl With Ball – was detail-rich, filled with the bright colors that serve as a sort of thumbprint for Lichtenstein’s work.
Not wanting to lose any of this detail, the customer challenged Bradley to apply his artistic eye and conservational expertise to deliver a high-quality, high-clarity custom frame for the piece.
Bradley began by selecting a simple, black frame. The classic design would not distract from Lichtenstein’s colors, letting the composition remain the focus. Next, he needed to select glazing that would not only protect the piece, but preserve its fine details.
Museum Glass, with its anti-reflective properties and ideal light transmission that brightens and enhances colors, proved an ideal fit for the project. Not only would Museum Glass allow Lichtenstein’s color and details to pop, it would also offer protection from 99% of UV rays that could cause the work to fade over time.
With a premium glazing product coupled Art + Frame’s expertise, Bradley delivered a gallery-quality framed composition that thrilled his customer. Thanks to Museum Glass, Lichtenstein’s color and details will continue to shine for years to come.
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