The Norton Simon’s “Duchamp to Pop” exhibit featured fabulous sculptures they’ve been hiding in their attic, including a rare Duchamp “Boite Alerte / Mailbox,” a roomful of Warhol Brillo Boxes, a touchingly ridiculous “Giant Soft Ketchup Bottle with Ketchup” by Oldenburg.
But without doubt the show-stopper was Roy Lichtenstein’s 32-foot long, polished brass “Long Modern Sculpture” from 1969. At once an affectionate homage to art deco, a sly comment on on preservation (it looks like a balustrade rescued from an demolished movie palace) and a “take that!” response to aggressively space-invading minimialist sculpture (it’s worth all of Serra’s steel plates and Heizer’s rocks put together). It should be in every guide book as one of the important things to see in Southern California—and it’s been sitting in storage. Hopefully it has been uncrated for good.