Contemporary art

Koons shops Lichtenstein

Yvonne Force Villareal and Jeff Koons at Barney's Lichtenstein sale. Photo: Neil Rasmus/Billy Farrell Agency

Roy Lichtenstein enthusiasts can now recline on, drink from, and dry off with the artist’s imagery courtesy a limited-edition collection of housewares on sale at Barney’s New York. The pillows, cups, towels, placemats and other objects ($28-$295), available at the department store through the summer, are the product of over a year of discussions between the artist’s widow Dorothy Lichtenstein and the Art Production Fund. (Twenty-five percent of the collection’s proceeds benefit the New York-based non-profit.) Already, the project has a high-profile fan: at the launch party on 2 May, Jeff Koons was spotted purchasing a birchwood tray adorned with Lichtenstein’s 1972 image Blue Grapes ($80). Dorothy Lichtenstein, meanwhile, eyed a set of china dinnerware that closely resembles the mass-produced ceramics her husband created in 1966 ($265). “We gave them all away over time, so that was part of why I wanted to do these,” she says. “I’m happy to replenish.”

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