Glazed high-fired ceramic
15 x 7 1/2 x 8 in. (38.1 x 19.1 x 20.3 cm)
Signed and dated inside: rf Lichtenstein '66
Classification: ceramic (unique)
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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Black and White Head, 1966 (RLCR 1212)
RLCR 1212 (LC 401; RL 0345)
Black and White Head
Title Source
Castelli; RL Studio Card
Glazed high-fired ceramic
15 x 7 1/2 x 8 in. (38.1 x 19.1 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.

Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr., Detroit, June 1966 (via Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City)
Gerard J. Petzall, St. Louis, January 1973 (via Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Roy Lichtenstein, September 19–November 9, 1969 (Waldman 1969). 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.
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, Roy Lichtenstein, January 2–31, 1973.
Art Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California, Roy Lichtenstein: Ceramic Sculpture, February 22–March 20, 1977 (Glenn, C. 1977b, no. 6 n.p. b/w ill.).
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, May 16–September 3, 2012 (only Chicago, Washington, D.C.) (Rondeau and Wagstaff, Sheena 2012, no. 28 n.p. b/w ill.). Traveled to: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2012–January 13, 2013; Tate Modern, London, February 21–May 27, 2013 (as Lichtenstein: A Retrospective) (Dunne 2012); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, July 3–November 4, 2013 (as Roy Lichtenstein, revised and reorganized) (Dunne 2013); (Pompidou 2013); (Morineau 2013a).
Waldman, Diane. Roy Lichtenstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971, no. 128 n.p. b/w ill.