Roy Lichtenstein

AMERICAN, 1923–1997

Roy Lichtenstein, whose flat, bold paintings derived from comic strips became some of the best-known works of Pop art in the 1960s, designed a painting of a mermaid to grace the side of a functioning sailboat. Following Lichtenstein’s plan, students from the Rhode Island School of Design painted the boat, Young America, which then raced in the 1995 America’s Cup. The late J. Carter Brown, former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and long-time Storm King board member, was an enthusiastic sailor, and facilitated the donation of the vessel to Storm King after it was retired from competition. The mound on which the boat rests, in the middle of the north pond, was enhanced for the purpose of this display.

Roy Lichtenstein
Mermaid, 1994
Painted carbon fiber and epoxy over aluminum honeycomb core
8 x 77 x 14'

Roy Lichtenstein
Mermaid, 1994
Painted carbon fiber and epoxy over aluminum honeycomb core
8 x 77 x 14'

Major funding provided by: Ford Motor Company Fund, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, The Young America Foundation; additional generous support provided by: Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass, Mr. C. Thomas Clagett, Jr., The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Gosnell, Mr. Bernard H. Gustin, The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust, Ann & John Marshall, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James X. Mullen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Stark, Mr. Robert G. Stone, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weg