Glazed high-fired ceramic
15 x 8 1/4 x 8 in. (38.1 x 21 x 20.3 cm)
Signed and dated inside: rf Lichtenstein '66
Classification: ceramic (unique)
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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Head with Black Shadow, 1966 (RLCR 1221)
RLCR 1221 (LC 537; RL 0189)
Head with Black Shadow
Title Source
Castelli; RL Studio Card
Glazed high-fired ceramic
15 x 8 1/4 x 8 in. (38.1 x 21 x 20.3 cm)
Signed and dated inside: rf Lichtenstein '66

Fabricated by Ka Kwong Hui and anonymous. 

Per Glenn, C. 1977b, Lichtenstein worked with an unknown Brooklyn potter to cast ceramic heads from one of two plaster models he bought in the hat district and reworked with modeling clay. He took the bisque heads to ceramic artist and Douglass College colleague, Hui, for glazing. In working together, Lichtenstein developed a new stenciling method with perforated masking tape.   

The other plaster head purchased by Lichtenstein, RLCR 872, Head of Girl, was not remodeled, only painted.

Research Images
Head with Black Shadow, 1966 (RLCR 1221). Side view
Side view
Head with Black Shadow, 1966 (RLCR 1221). Back view
Back view
Head with Black Shadow, 1966 (RLCR 1221). Side view
Side view
Collection Leo Castelli, New York City, 1966
Laurans and Arlene Mendelson, Miami, Fla., April 1996
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Works by Roy Lichtenstein, November 29, 1966–January 3, 1967 (Henning 1966).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Roy Lichtenstein, September 19–November 9, 1969 (Waldman 1969, no. 98 p. 89 color ill. [dated 1965]). Traveled to: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, Mo., December 18, 1969–January 16, 1970; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Ill., February 7–March 22, 1970; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., April 10–May 17, 1970; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio, July 9–August 30, 1970.
Art Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California, Roy Lichtenstein: Ceramic Sculpture, February 22–March 20, 1977 (Glenn, C. 1977b, no. 5 n.p. color ill.).
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878–1978, May 5–September 23, 1979 (Clark, G. 1979, no. 222 p. 187 b/w ill.). Traveled to: Renwick Gallery, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 7, 1979–January 27, 1980; Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Design, New York, N.Y., February 26–May 25, 1980; Flint Institute of Arts in the DeWaters Art Center, Flint, Mich., June 15–August 31, 1980; deCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass., September 28–November 23, 1980; Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Okla., December 15, 1980–January 25, 1981; Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill., February 23–April 12, 1981; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pa., May 3–July 26, 1981; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, September 13–October 18, 1981.
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York, Roy Lichtenstein: Three Decades of Sculpture, August 15–October 4, 1992 (Guild Hall 1992).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, October 7, 1993–January 16, 1994 (Waldman 1993b, no. 245 n.p. following p. 315 color ill. [dated 1965]). Traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Calif., January 26–April 3, 1994; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal, May 26–September 5, 1994; Haus der Kunst, Munich, October 13, 1994–January 9, 1995 (included early works) (Waldman 1994, no. 245 n.p. following p. 315 color ill. [dated 1965]); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, February 8–April 30, 1995 (included early works) (Waldman 1994, no. 245 n.p. following p. 315 color ill. [dated 1965]); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, June 2–September 3, 1995 (included early works) (Waldman 1994, no. 245 n.p. following p. 315 color ill. [dated 1965]); Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, September 21, 1995–January 7, 1996 (abridged version) (Waldman 1994, no. 245 n.p. following p. 315 color ill. [dated 1965]).
Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue), New York, The Human Body in Contemporary American Sculpture, February 1–March 2, 1996.
Andreae, Christopher. "Trying to Shock—Himself." Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 1969, sec. 2, p. 11 b/w ill. (as Ceramic Head; dated 1965).
Butler, Joseph T. "The American Way with Art: Roy Lichtenstein at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum." Connoisseur 173, no. 695 (January 1970), no. 14 p. 73 ill. (as Ceramic Head).
Waldman, Diane. Roy Lichtenstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971, no. 130 n.p. b/w ill.
Lichtenstein, Roy, and Jean-Claude Meyer. "Les illusions optiques de Roy Lichtenstein." XXe siècle (Paris and Milan) n.s, 35, no. 41 (December 1973), p. 89 b/w ill.
Ianco-Starrels, Josine. "Lichtenstein Ceramic Sculpture at CSLB." Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1977, p. 73 b/w ill. (as Head).
Waldman, Diane. Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades in American and European Art. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1985. Exhibition catalogue (1985b New York Guggenheim), no. 76 p. 136 b/w ill. [not exhibited].
Pincus-Witten, Robert (Photographs by Oberto Gili). "The Best of the Best." House and Garden 158, no. 4 (April 1986), p. 138 color ill. (in collector's home), p. 140 color ill. (in collector's home), n.p. facing p. 143 color ill. (in collector's home).
Braff, Phyllis. "Lichtenstein Sculpture: Full View." New York Times, August 16, 1992, p. 12 b/w ill.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Lichtenstein: Sculpture and Drawings. Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1999. Exhibition catalogue (1998 Mexico City Museo del Palacio), p. 10 b/w ill. (dated 1965), [not exhibited].