Famed Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Electric Cord” was painted in 1961. If you weren’t an active viewer of pop art in the 60s, you have most likely never seen it. Why? Because in January 1970 art dealer Leo Castelli sent it to art restorer Daniel Goldreyer for cleaning. It was never seen again.
Lichtenstein, of course, is best known for his paintings based on printed cartoon images. The black and white electric cord painting was announced missing in 2006 by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the artist’s legacy. The Foundation published an image of the black and white work on the front of its holiday card and appealed to its community for help locate the work.
Last summer, the painting was discovered at the Hayes Storage Facility in New York, where it was being stored by the Quinta Gallery art gallery of Bogotá, Colombia, on consignment from restorer Goldreyer’s widow, Sally Goldreyer. Apparently someone connected with the restorer’s consignments asked her to sell the “Electric Cord” for him. She claims that she offered to sell it to the Quinta Galeria, but refunded the gallery’s deposit when she found a missing notice for the painting posted on the Internet. It was not something she had been aware of.
“Electric Cord” has been returned to Barbara Bertozzi Castelli, Leo Castelli’s widow.
- Missing Roy Lichtenstein Painting Returned After 42 Years – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- NY owner gets back $4M painting missing since 1970 (miamiherald.com)
- Lost Lichtenstein art returned (bbc.co.uk)
- NY owner gets back $4M painting missing since 1970 (seattletimes.com)
- Stolen Lichtenstein painting returned to widow after 42 years (todayentertainment.today.com)
- Lichtenstein Painting Missing For 42 Years Finally Returned To Rightful Owner (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Roy Lichtenstein Chair Produced by Graphicstudio Now at the National Gallery of Art (graphicstudiousf.wordpress.com)
- One Dot At A Time, Lichtenstein Made Art Pop (npr.org)
Ivan Karp died yesterday at 86 of natural causes.
In 1958, Ivan became an art dealer at the Martha Jackson Gallery while publishing short stories in the Cambridge Review and the Evergreen Review. In 1964 his novel “Doobie Doo” was published by Doubleday
From 1959 to1969, Ivan was associate director of the Leo Castelli Gallery and played a significant role in the careers of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Chamberlain and many other artists in the New York Pop Art community. From 1966 to 1969, he taught contemporary art history at Finch College and at the School of Visual Arts.
In 1969, he opened OK Harris Works of Art, one of the first galleries in the Soho district. He was responsible for the burgeoning of that neighborhood to a vibrant residential and commercial district. OK Harris continues to operate in its original space.
In 1985, Ivan became director of the Anonymous Arts Museum in Charlotteville, NY, and restored 25 historic cemeteries and family burial grounds in Schoharie County.
- Ivan Karp, Pop Art Dealer, Dies at 86 (nytimes.com)
- Ivan Karp, Castelli Director Who Founded Soho’s O. K. Harris Gallery, Dies at 86 (galleristny.com)