In the summer of 1985, the photographer Bob Adelman came to the Equitable to propose his idea for documenting the production of Roy Lichtenstein’s commissioned work, Mural with Blue Brushstroke. Although Roy was not scheduled to begin the execution of the painting until the late fall, Adelman had already spent countless hours tracking every phase of the painting’s design. We were astonished by the photographer’s relentless and dogged pursuit of his subject. He talked of eventually putting the material together in book form, but it was clear that the real inspiration for his efforts came from his desire to put the making of the mural on record. What resulted is an engrossing archive on the creative process during the execution of a monumental painting by one of the most important artists of our time.
Beginning in the fall of 1984, Lichtenstein labored on the thinking phase of the production, the design for the maquette. Using cutouts of colored paper, he ordered and reordered the configuration of the design to create a consistent and whole work. Adelman captured the evolution of the work and provided an invaluable record of the decisions, accepted and rejected, that Lichtenstein made. – Pari Stave. Curator, The Equitable