Roy Lichtenstein’s Bauhaus Stairway Mural, Gagosian Gallery

23.11.2023
Neil Byrne

Roy Lichtenstein’s Bauhaus Stairway Mural, Gagosian Gallery

23.11.2023
Neil Byrne

During my visit to New York City last week, one installation at the Gagosian Gallery on 555 West 24th Street particularly caught my attention. The Gallery is currently exhibiting Roy Lichtenstein’s Bauhaus Stairway Mural (1989), the second Lichtenstein mural that Gagosian has displayed. The first was the Greene Street Mural (1983), exhibited at the exact location in 2015.

During the 1960s, Lichtenstein developed a fresh technique for painting by blending common culture and Western art history. His art depends on the appealing qualities of advertising and raises the visual identity of standard print media and comic book drawings to the domain of refined art. He imitated the printing techniques of publications and newspapers using a disruptive method, which made Benday dots and bright colours correspond to Pop art. Lichtenstein made large paintings known as murals during his career. Bauhaus Stairway Mural is one of these murals, painted in oil and Magna on canvas and standing over 26 feet tall. This mural was created as a tribute to Oskar Schlemmer, a German abstract artist who created a painting called Bauhaustreppe (Bauhaus Stairway) in 1932.

I decided to visit the gallery, and since it had only recently opened, by sheer fortune, I had the room all to myself. The sheer scale of the mural completely took my breath away, and I stood admiring it for quite some time until the gallery gradually filled up with other visitors.

Roy Lichtenstein’s Bauhaus Stairway Mural at Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York. Until 22 December 2023